Poet laureate Philip Levine dies at age 87

Feb 15, 2015 1:52 PM by News Staff

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Philip Levine, a former national poet laureate who won the Pulitzer Prize for writing that celebrates the lives of the working class has died at his home in Fresno, California. Levine was 87.

His wife, Frances Levine, said that her husband died Saturday, less than a month after being diagnosed with cancer.

Levine is known for books such as "What Work Is" and "News of the World."

He won the Pulitzer for poetry in 1995 for "The Simple Truth," and he served as the country's poet-in-chief from 2011 to 2012.

Born and raised in Detroit, Levin settled in central California in 1958, where he taught at California State University, Fresno, and at universities across the country.

His wife says that Levin was a passionate teacher, mentoring a long list of poets.

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