Philip Levine, U.S. Poet Laureate: A Resource Guide
American poet Philip Levine served as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry from 2011-2012 at the Library of Congress. This guide provides access to selected print and online resources related to Levine’s life and work.
Maura Byrne, Intern, Poetry and Literature Center
Anne Holmes, Digital Content Manager, Poetry and Literature Center
Peter Armenti, Reference Specialist, Researcher and Reference Services Division
Created: February 20, 2020
Last Updated: June 5, 2020
On August 10, 2011, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Philip Levine as the 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. In a statement announcing the appointment, Dr. Billington said:
Philip Levine is one of America's great narrative poets. His plainspoken lyricism has, for half a century, championed the art of telling ‘The Simple Truth’—about working in a Detroit auto factory, as he has, and about the hard work we do to make sense of our lives.