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NYU Creative Writing Remembers Philip Levine

The NYU Creative Writing Program mourns the passing of Philip Levine, a poet whose work, dedication, and kindness have meant so much for so many members of our community.

Levine served as NYU Visiting Professor, and then as Distinguished Poet-in-Residence, from 1991 - 2008. He deeply enriched the lives of so many students with his generosity, defiance, and wisdom.

A master poet of his generation, and the author of more than twenty-five books over five decades, Levine made it his life's mission to "find a voice for the voiceless." Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1995, the National Book Award in 1980 and 1991, the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1979, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize in 1977, Philip Levine was named the 18th United States Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress in 2011. Other honors he received include the Frank O'Hara Prize, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and two fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation. For two years he served as chair of the Literature Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2000, Levine was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2013, he received the Wallace Stevens Award for proven mastery in the art of poetry by the Academy of American Poets.

The video recording of A Tribute to Philip Levine (September 24, 2015) can be viewed here.