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Phillis M. Levin

Professor of English


MA, 1977, Johns Hopkins Univ; BA, 1976, Sarah Lawrence Coll


Phillis Levin's fifth collection, Mr. Memory & Other Poems, will be published by Penguin in March 2016. 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, 2001), and May Day (Penguin, 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 The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Grand Street, Poetry, The Nation, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Plume, Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, AGNI, The Yale Review, PN Review, The New Republic, The Poetry Review, and Poetry London; in numerous anthologies, including Poetry 180 (Billy Collins, editor), The Best American Poetry(1989, 1998, and 2009), The Art of Losing (Kevin Young, editor), and The Waiting Room Reader II (Rachel Hadas, editor); and in many editions of the Alhambra Poetry Calendar. Her 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, a Bogliasco Fellowship, and grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Levin holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the Johns Hopkins University. She has taught at the University of Maryland at College Park, the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, The New School, and New York University. Since 2001 she is a professor of English and the poet-in-residence at Hofstra University.

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