The British and United States Poets Laureate appear together for a rare joint reading and conversation moderated by Poetry senior editor Don Share.
Carol Ann Duffy was raised in Staffordshire in the West Midlands of England. In addition to her eleven books of poetry, she has edited a number of anthologies, authored several plays and children’s books, contributed as a critic and reviewer to numerous publications, and collaborated on a series of jazz performances with Eliana Tompkins. Duffy is currently the creative director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate in 2009, becoming the first woman to hold the position in its more than 300-year history.
Philip Levine was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Russian Jewish immigrants. Working in factories while pursuing his education, Levine formed a close connection with the working class that has strongly influenced his poetry. He is the author of sixteen volumes of poetry, including his most recent, Breath (2004), and received the Pulitzer Prize for his 1994 collection The Simple Truth. Levine has received numerous prizes and fellowships. He lives in New York City and Fresno, California, and teaches at New York University. In 2011, he was appointed U.S. Poet Laureate.
Co-sponsored with the Association of Writers and Writing Program in association with Blue Flower Arts.