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Larry Levis

Larry Levis (1946–1996) published five poetry collections during his life, including The Widening Spell of the Leaves (1991) and Winter Stars (1985), both from the University of Pittsburgh Press. He also published a book of short stories, Black Freckles (Peregrine Smith Books, 1992). Posthumously, two books of poetry, Elegy (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997) and The Selected Levis: Poems 1972–1992 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000), have been published. A volume of previously uncollected poems, The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems, was published by Graywolf Press in 2016. A collection of Levis’s essays, interviews, and reviews, The Gazer Within (University of Michigan Press, 2001), was also posthumously published as part of the Poets on Poetry Series. He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fund, and the Fulbright Program. Levis held a BA from California State University-Fresno, an MA from Syracuse University, and a PhD from the University of Iowa. He taught at the University of Missouri, the University of Utah, the University of Iowa, Warren Wilson College, and Virginia Commonwealth University.