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Philip Levine Named U.S. Poet Laureate

On August 10th the Library of Congress announced the appointment of Philip Levine as the 18th Poet Laureate. Philip Levine was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1928 to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents. After graduating from Wayne State University, Levine worked a number of industrial jobs, including the night shift at the Chevrolet Gear and Axle factory. He is a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award winner.

Check out the Library of Congress' Philip Levine Web Guide for more information on the new Poet Laureate. Click here to view a complete list of Philip Levine's work available at the Milwaukee Public Library.

Here Levine reads "Bell Isle, 1949".

"Belle Isle, 1949" from They Feed They Lion and The Names of the Lost by Philip Levine, copyright ©1999 by Philip Levine.



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Cardenas Named New Poet Laureate

MPL is happy to announce that Milwaukee's poet laureate for 2010-2011 is Brenda Cardenas. The poet laureate serves a two-year term promoting poetry
at library and community events.
Photo from Woodland Pattern
Cardenas earned her Bachelor's degree in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Poetry from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor. She is an assistant professor in the English Department at UWM, where she teaches poetry writing, literature, and Latino/a Studies.

Cardenas' latest full-length book of poetry, Boomerang, was published by Bilingual Review Press in November 2009. Her chapbook entitled From the Tongues of Brick and Stone was released in 2005. Cardenas also co-edited Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest. Her poem "Song" was made into an animated film in the Poetry Everywhere series sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.

Ms. Cardenas will be inducted as poet laureate at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 20 in Central Library's Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. beginning at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


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