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Internet2 K20 Initiative - Behind the Scenes with the Poet Laureate

Posted on May 01, 2012 by Meredith Lovelace
Tags: CAP, K20 Education, K20 Initiative

On Friday, May 4, Philip Levine, the 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, connected with five high schools and five public libraries across the U.S. via video conference over Internet2 to read and discuss three of his poems: “Our Valley, ” “The Simple Truth,” and “What Work Is.” The readings and discussions were followed by a wonderfully engaging and honest Q&A that touched on varied topics such as what inspired him during his youth, the joys of marriage and gardening, and suggestions on how poetry should be read. Watch the complete program on demand.

Philip Levine was born in Detroit in 1928, to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, and educated at Wayne University (now Wayne State), the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Stanford University. He is the author of twenty collections of poetry, and his honors include the Pulitzer Prize, two National Book Awards, and two National Book Critic Circle Awards. Learn more about Philip Levine.

The event was made possible through a partnership between the Library of Congress, Internet2 K20 Initiative, and MAGPI. For a complete list of the participating schools and libraries (most have benefited from recent BTOP grants), please see