Fresno poets gather at Philip Levine’s 80th birthday party in February 2008, at the Fresno Art Museum. Photo by Howard K. Watkins.
On Feb. 14, 2015, Philip Levine died at age 87. One of the most highly honored and widely read American poets, Levine has been mourned worldwide by poets, writers, and friends in ongoing tributes and remembrances, showing that the former U.S. poet laureate’s influence as both a poet and as a teacher endures.
From 1958 to 1993, Levine taught poetry at Fresno State. Levine and his poet colleagues, Peter Everwine and Chuck Hanzlicek, formed the pillars of what is now the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at the university. Levine, Everwine, and Hanzlicek wrote and worked together in the Fresno literary community for more than forty years; each of them is recognized as a Professor Emeritus of English at Fresno State, and each of them is deeply connected to the…
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