Philip Levine en Fresno's Benjamin Boone Mixes Jazz With The Poetry Of Philip Levine <p>Fresno jazz artist, educator and composer Benjamin Boone has embarked on a fascinating new musical journey: mixing his music with the poems of former Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine.&nbsp;</p><p>Levine, who is a longtime Fresno resident is among the nation's most revered poets. He's also a big jazz fan, dating back to his youth in Detroit. In fact, many of his poems reference jazz, including iconic stars like Clifford Brown and John Coltrane.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:31:41 +0000 Joe Moore 29252 at Fresno's Benjamin Boone Mixes Jazz With The Poetry Of Philip Levine Poet Laureate Philip Levine Speaks of Fresno, Unemployment <p>Last week the Library of Congress named Fresno poet Philip Levine the nation&rsquo;s 18th Poet Laureate. A native of Detroit, Levine moved to Fresno in the 1950&rsquo;s to teach English at Fresno State, where he founded the university&rsquo;s creative writing program, and helped foster the San Joaquin Valley&rsquo;s rich poetry community. In 1991 his collection &quot;What Work Is&quot; won the National Book Award, and in 1995, his book &quot;The Simple Truth&quot; was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:30:11 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1796 at On Valley Edition: Physician Shortage in Rural CA; Charter Schools; Philip Levine <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about the shortage of physicians in the rural communities of the Central Valley. We also look at how charter schools are working to provide innovation in education in the valley. We also have an in-depth interview with the newly named Poet Laureate of the United States, Fresno&#39;s Philip Levine.</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:05:43 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1208 at Philip Levine Named As America's New Poet Laureate America has a new poet laureate today, as the Library of Congress names Philip Levine in the one-year position. He will succeed W.S. Merwin in the post. Born in Detroit in 1928, Levine has used his poetry to examine blue-collar life, often embroidering everyday events with a sense of myth.<p><a href="">Announcing America's most prestigious poetry post</a> Wednesday, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington called Levine "one of America's great narrative poets. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 02:55:44 +0000 Bill Chappell 149 at Philip Levine Named As America's New Poet Laureate