Born in Detroit, Michigan, Philip Levine is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet who is best known for his poems about working-class Detroit. He taught at California State University, Fresno for thirty years. He was Poet Laureate of the United States for 2011–2012.
"I believed that if I could transform my experience into poetry I would give it the value and dignity it did not begin to possess on its own."
— Philip Levine
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