Tuesday, 15 November 2011
US Laureate appointed
Philip Levine is best known for his poems that centre on working class lives and day-to-day issues. At age 83, he has now succeeded WS Merwin as the US Poet Laureate.
Born in Detriot, Levine was employed as a young man in an automobile factory, a setting that provided the backdrop for much of his later work. After studying poetry at night school, he gained a Master of Fine Arts degree and went on to lecture at California State and New York Universities.
The US Poet Laureate serves from October to May, and receives a cool £22,000 for the fulfilment of the role.
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