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By Philip Levine

Original and Current Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Philip Levine first won the National Book Award in Poetry in 1980 for Ashes.

An appreciation of Levine’s work
may be found here. >

Poetry Finalists that Year:

  • Andrew Hudgins for The Never-Ending
  • Linda McCarriston for Eva-Mary
  • Adrienne Rich for An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991
  • Marilyn Nelson Waniek for The Homeplace

Poetry Judges that Year: Edward Hirsch, Rita Dove, Michael Harper, Jean Valentine, Richard Wilbur

The Year in Literature:

  • Near Changes by Mona Van Duyn won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
  • Joseph Brodsky was named Poet Laureate of the United States.

Other Information:

  • Philip Levine (1928- ) was born in Detroit, MI.
  • Levine has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

Suggested Links:

Poetry Everywhere: "Belle Isle, 1949" by Philip Levine
Produced by David Grubin Productions and WGBH Boston, in association with the Poetry Foundation.

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Well deserved; long deserved. A pillar of poetry and humanity.

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