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The Library of Congress announced in July of 2011 that Philip Levine would be the 18th United States Poet Laureate. Levine is pictured here in New York City, circa 2001.
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The Library of Congress announced in July of 2011 that Philip Levine would be the 18th United States Poet Laureate. Levine is pictured here in New York City, circa 2001.

U.S. poet laureate Philip Levine coming to ECU

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The great American “working man’s poet” will visit East Carolina University in late April for a public reading of his work.

Philip Levine, named U.S. Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress last August, will be on campus for the Contemporary Writers Series, sponsored by the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies and the Department of English. The series aims to expose students and other readers to award-winning fiction and nonfiction writers, translators and poets.


Levine will read from his work at 8 p.m. on April 25 at the Greenville Museum of Art on Evans Street. An avid fan of John Coltrane and other jazz greats, the poet and arriving guests will be welcomed by the music of a jazz trio.

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