Phillis Levin
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PHILLIS LEVIN’s fifth poetry collection, Mr. Memory & Other Poems (Penguin Books, 2016), was a finalist for the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is the author of four other poetry collections: Temples and Fields (University of Georgia Press, 1988), The Afterimage (Copper Beech Press, 1995), Mercury (Penguin Books, 2001), and May Day (Penguin Books, 2008), and is the editor of The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English (Penguin, 2001). Her poems have appeared in Agni, The Atlantic, Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Paris Review, Plume, Poetry, Poetry London, PN Review, The Poetry Review, Southwest Review, and Yale Review, among other magazines, and have been published in numerous anthologies, including Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (edited by Billy Collins), Poets for Life: 76 Poets Respond to AIDS (edited by Michael Klein), The Best American Poetry (1989, 1998, 2009), The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing (edited by Kevin Young), and in many editions of The Alhambra Poetry Calendar.

Levin’s honors include the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar Award to Slovenia, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was a Bogliasco Fellow at The Liguria Study Center, and has also been awarded resident fellowships to The MacDowell Colony, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Yaddo, and The American Academy in Rome. From 2003-2008 she served as an Elector of the American Poets’ Corner of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York

Phillis Levin was born in Paterson, New Jersey and educated at Sarah Lawrence College and The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. From 1985 to 1997 she was an editor of Boulevard. She was a full-time member of the creative writing faculty at The University of Maryland, College Park, from 1989 to 2001; from 1993 to 2006 taught workshops at The Unterberg Poetry Center of The 92nd Street Y in New York; and as a visiting professor taught craft seminars and poetry workshops in the MFA program at New York University. Since 2001 she is a Professor of English and the poet-in-residence at Hofstra University. She and her husband live in New York City.