Phillis M. Levin
Professor of English
Mason Hall 107
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Degrees: MA, 1977, Johns Hopkins Univ; BA, 1976, Sarah Lawrence Coll
Phillis Levin is the author of four volumes of poetry, 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 work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Atlantic, Grand Street, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Poetry 180, and The Best American Poetry. Her many honors include an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant, the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar award to Slovenia, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, the Richard Hugo Prize from Poetry Northwest, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is an Elector of the American Poets’ Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and was guest poetry co-editor for the 2009 Pushcart Prize XXXIII Best of the Small Presses. In her teaching and research she has focused on lyric poetry in English from the Renaissance to the present; prosody; syntax and stanza structure; modern poetry in translation; and the interplay of rhetoric and poetics.