Phillis Levin

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Phillis Levin (b. 1954 Paterson, New Jersey) is an American poet.


She is the daughter of Charlotte E. Levin and Herbert L. Levin of Yardley, Pa.

Phillis Levin graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1976, and The Johns Hopkins University in 1977.

Her poems were published in Poets for Life, Poetry,[1] Ploughshares,[2] AGNI,[3] The New Yorker.[4]

She was Associate Professor of English at The University of Maryland, College Park, is visiting professor in the graduate writing program at New York University, and is the poet-in-residence and teaches at Hofstra University.[5]

She is an elector of the American Poets' Corner of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, and the co-director (with Vijay Seshadri) of the Sarah Lawrence Language Exchange. She is a member of PEN.[6]

On May 17, 2008, she married Jack Shanewise, at the Century Association in New York.[7]

They live in New York City.[8]





  • The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. Penguin. 2001. ISBN 978-0-14-058929-0. 
  • 2009 Pushcart Prize XXXIII Best of the Small Presses


  • Tomaž Šalamun (2007). "All of You". Parthenon West Review. 


  • Alhambra Poetry Calendar 2008 (Alhambra Publishing, 2008)
  • Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Random House, 2003)
  • The Best American Poetry 1998 (Scribner, 1998)
  • The Best American Poetry 1989 (Scribner, 1989)


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