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Catch poet laureate Philip Levine at noon via live video stream

May 4, 2012 | 11:25 am


Poet Laureate Philip Levine is doing a live reading and conversation today in a webcast originating from the Library of Congress in Washington. Schools and libraries nationwide have been set up to watch and participate -- and anyone on the Web can listen in. The webcast begins at noon Pacific time.

After reading and discussing three of his poems, Levine will participate in an extended question-and-answer session, which will be included in the webcast.

Levine was announced as U.S. poet laureate in August 2011; his tenure began in October. Now based in Fresno, Levine was born in Detroit. His first jobs were working the line in the auto industry in factories for Cadillac and Chevrolet. His poetry has often focused on the issues faced by the working class.

Levine, who has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his poetry, was a longtime professor -- so he'll probably enjoy fielding students' questions.


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Photo: Philip Levine. Credit: Frances Levine