Peter Levitt

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Peter Levitt (born September 2, 1946 New York City) is a poet and translator. He is also the founder and teacher of the Salt Spring Zen Circle, in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi.


He has taught poetry, writing and creativity workshops and seminars around the world, including at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, Naropa Institute Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and as a faculty member in poetry and translation for the MFA Writers Program at Antioch University. He emigrated to Canada in 2000 and became a citizen shortly thereafter. He is an instructor in the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Optional Residency MFA Program.[1] He was in the anthology and film, Poets Against the War.[2] He was at the 2009 Montreal Zen Poetry Festival.[3]

He lives with his wife, poet Shirley Graham, and their son, Tai, on one of the Gulf Islands in British Columbia.




  • Within Within. Black Moss. 2008. 
  • Winter Still. Mother Tongue Press. 2007. ISBN 0-8308-2308-5. 
  • One Hundred Butterflies. Broken Moon Press. 1993. ; Blissful Monkey Press 2011 (Second Edition)
  • Bright Root Dark Root. Broken Moon Press. 1992. ISBN 0-913089-20-6. 
  • Bright Root Dark Root. Ambrosia Press. July 1989. ISBN 0-913089-20-6. 
  • Homage: Leda as Virgin. Lockhart Press. 1987. 
  • A Book of Light. Amargi Press. 1982. 
  • Running Grass (Poems 1970-1977) Foreword by Robert Creeley. Eidolon Editions. 1979. 
  • Two Bodies, Dark/Velvet. Momentum Press. 1975. 
  • Poems. Slow Loris Press. 1972. 


  • Fingerpainting on the Moon:Writing and Creativity as a Path to Freedom. Crown Publishing Group. July 2003. ISBN 978-0-609-61048-0. 

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