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For Immediate Release

Jane Turnis
(719) 389-6138

Leslie Weddell
(719) 389-6038


Levine’s poems employ seemingly simple, colloquial language

COLORADO SPRINGS , Colo. – Feb. 27, 2006 – Philip Levine, known as the poet of the working class and one of the most highly regarded of all living American poets, will present a reading of his works at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 9th, in Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., at Colorado College.

Levine has received numerous awards, most notably the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the American Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems, many of which address the common man in seemingly simple, colloquial language, tell stories of his immigrant grandparents, blue-collar workers and his own workingman’s life in Detroit.

Levine, who describes his poetry as an attempt to create "a voice for the voiceless," is also a memoirist and translator. His many collections include “Breath” (2004), “The Mercy” (1999), “The Simple Truth” (1994, winner of the Pulitzer Prize), “What Work Is” (1991, winner of the National Book Award) and “New Selected Poems” (1991). Publishers Weekly praised Levine, saying "the 'simplicity' of his language, offering an ease of approach to us, seems to give truth (and poetry) to everyone."

Levine was made a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2000. He lives in California and New York, and teaches at New York University.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is a Demarest Lloyd Lecture in the Humanities and is part of the college’s Visiting Writers Series, made possible by CC alumnus John Ebey. For more information, directions or disability accommodation, members of the public should call (719) 389-6607.

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