Contributors: Philip Levine

Philip Levine (1928–2015) was born in Detroit, Michigan. He wrote numerous books of poetry, including The Simple Truth, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and What Work Is, which won the National Book Award. He was named Poet Laureate of the United States in 2011. Most recently, he received the 2013 Wallace Stevens Award for proven mastery in the art of poetry from the Academy of American Poets.