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Philip Levine

The Mayor Of A City In The Spotlight

Katerina Rosen | Posted 06.09.2016 | Miami
Katerina Rosen

In the early 1990s before becoming Mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levine built a friendship with Bill Clinton. The pair first met at Levine's Miami hom...

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With T. R. Hummer

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 05.30.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"It's a good thing I'm a poet and not a novelist. No publisher of novels in his or her right mind would allow books to have such weird, un-hooky titles. If I'd been a novelist, they'd have been called 1. Sex, 2. Hideous Graphic Death and 3. Football."

In Defense of the 'Dumbest Idea in the World'

Gerard Bush | Posted 03.26.2014 | Miami
Gerard Bush

Mr. Mayor, I'm not asking you to abandon the idea that beaches and tourism are vital for Miami Beach -- they are, and that is obvious. However, I encourage you to think beyond what is right in front of you and instead envision a city that can actually usher in a new era that includes tech start-ups and innovation.

Clinton Endorses Miami Beach Mayoral Candidate

Posted 10.15.2013 | Miami

With a mayoral race complete with rapping candidates being trailed by MTV cameras, it's tough for the rest of the ticket to grab the media's attention...

WATCH: Alleged Racial Remark Sends Miami Beach Debate Into Chaos

Posted 10.02.2013 | Miami

Tuesday a Miami Beach mayoral debate descended into alleged racial comments and shouting, and stranger still, the drama had nothing to do with the sax...

Philip Levine Is Awarded $100,000 Poetry Prize

Michael Hafftka | Posted 11.13.2013 | Arts
Michael Hafftka

Philip Levine, the former United States poet laureate who spent his formative years writing poetry between shifts as an autoworker in Detroit, has been awarded the Academy of American Poets' Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement.

Portraits of Living American Poets

Michael Hafftka | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
Michael Hafftka

Before I became a painter I was a failed poet. I love poetry with its mysterious use of words, bending, creating, smearing words to reveal emotions hidden or apparent. I was too uptight with words and I found my freedom in painting.

Where Philip Levine Likes To Read

Posted 10.25.2012 | Books

"Where I Like To Read" is a series of short author interviews and blog posts in which writers share their literary tastes and their favorite places to...

Scratch Motor City, How About Poetry City?

Posted 03.21.2012 | Detroit

It's that time of year we've all been waiting for -- no, not spring (though that's going pretty great), or the debut of a new soccer team (or should w...

Literature As Legacy: Writing Across The Generational Divide

Laura Paull | Posted 04.25.2012 | San Francisco
Laura Paull

Literature as a creator of dialogues that deepen and explore the dynamic between different generations is a theme of a multi-day event at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center his weekend, through Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Ron Paul and The Anarchist Connection

Joel Sucher | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Joel Sucher

For all his blemishes, Ron Paul has demonstrated that there is still a constituency that can be called on to hoist principle above political expediency.

WATCH: Get To Know The Poet Laureate

Patrick Pressl | Posted 02.13.2012 | Arts
Patrick Pressl


Online Archive Reveals Recorded Voices Of Noted Poets

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 10.20.2011 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Poetry is, at its heart and in its origins, an oral medium. To read a poet's work is one thing. To hear a poet read their work is something else altogether.

The Super Bowl Of Poetry

Patrick Pressl | Posted 11.28.2011 | Arts
Patrick Pressl

On the night of August 13th, just outside the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Massachusetts Avenue was flooded with eager ears and a few newly m...

What Work Is: What Labor Day, the Poet Laureate, Adderall, Mountain Biking, and the Philosopher Horace have in Common

Michael Henry | Posted 11.09.2011 | Denver
Michael Henry

Perhaps I needed to have already experienced Labor Day 2011 in order to begin contemplating the meaning of Labor Day, and the idea of labor, and how it relates to the craft of writing, and the work of our daily lives.

Philip Levine and Other Mediocrities: What it Takes to Ascend to the Poet Laureateship

Anis Shivani | Posted 10.13.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

The truth about American poetry is that it is in very bad shape. The professional poetry establishment has taken care to mark serious criticism comin...

What Is The Point Of A Poet Laureate?

Andrew Losowsky | Posted 10.11.2011 | Books
Andrew Losowsky

The U.S. Poet Laureate is "the nation's official lightning rod for the poetic impulse of Americans" - that is, according to the Library of Congress, which each year selects the holder of the position. What does that description mean?

Philip Levine's Factory Stiffs, Society's Throw-Aways

Jan Herman | Posted 10.11.2011 | Books
Jan Herman

In 1991 a Los Angeles Times editor assigned me to write an appreciation of "What Work Is" by Philip Levine. Now Levine has been appointed poet laureate by the Library of Congress, and suddenly everybody is writing about him.

Labor Day Poems | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Poetry Foundation By Becca Klaver For the United States' 129th Labor Day, we bring you a variety of poems, podcasts, and articles--some meditate ...

Why Do Repubicans Hate Artists And Writers So Much?

Lisa Solod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lisa Solod

I don't expect Republicans to own up to having read anything more challenging than a Tom Clancy novel, but would they really deny the rest of us the opportunity to do so?