Philip Levine is the author of sixteen books
of poetry, most recently Breath (2004) and The Mercy (1998).
His books have received many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize
1995 for The Simple Truth and the National Book Award
in 1991 for
What Work Is (both from Knopf), as well as a National
Book Award in 1976 for Ashes: Poems New and Old. He has
also published So
Ask: Essays, Conversations, and Interviews (2002) and The
Bread of Time: Toward an Autobiography (1994), both from the
University of Michigan; edited The Essential Keats (1987),
and co-edited and translated two books: Off the Map: Selected
Poems of Gloria Fuertes (with Ada Long, 1984)
The Selected Poems of Jaime Sabines (with Ernesto Trejo, 1979).
Levine has received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Harriet Monroe
Memorial Prize from Poetry,
the Frank O'Hara Prize, and two John Simon Guggenheim Memorial
Foundation fellowships. For two years he served as chair of the
Literature Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts, and he
was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000.
Photo by Frances Levine