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. He died in February, 2015.
"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."