Writers Here & Now: Philip Levine & Carmen Boullosa

September 14, 2011
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall



Philip Levine is the current U.S. Poet Laureate. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1928. He is the author of sixteen books of poetry, most recently News of the World (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010). Levine has been recognized  countless times for his works; his other poetry collections include Breath (2004); The Mercy (1999); The Simple Truth (1994), which won the Pulitzer Prize; What Work Is (1991), which won the National Book Award; New Selected Poems (1991); Ashes: Poems New and Old (1979), and which received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the first American Book Award for Poetry. For two years he served as chair of the Literature Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts, and he was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000. He lives in New York City and Fresno, California, and teaches at New York University.

Carmen Boullosa is a leading Mexican poet, novelist and playwright. She has won a number of awards for her works, and has taught at universities such as Georgetown University, Columbia University and New York University (NYU), as well as at universities in nearly a dozen other countries. Boullosa has written over a dozen novels, and some of these works have been translated into five different languages. Her bestselling novel, Son vacas, somos puercos (1991) was translated into English in 1997 as They're Cows, We're Pigs. She is currently Distinguished Lecturer at the City College of New York. She has two children -- Maria Aura and Juan Aura-- with her former partner, Alejandro Aura --and is now married to Mike Wallace, the Pulitzer-prize winning co-author of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898.

For more information contact: Lindsay Bernal (lbernal@umd.edu)