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Philip Levine Prize for Poetry

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry is an annual book contest sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at California State University, Fresno. This contest -- open to any poet writing in English (except current or former students or faculty of Fresno State) -- offers a $2,000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press, a Florida-based press that has been publishing poetry for more than 45 years.

Current winner: Steven Kleinman

Through participation in our Engl 242 course, Literary Editing and Publishing, Master of Fine Arts graduate students are given an opportunity to serve as manuscript readers and staff for the Prize, as well as to learn about other facets of contest administration, book publishing and promotions.

The contest is named for the late poet Philip Levine, who served as the final judge in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2013. Levine taught at Fresno State for many years and is one of the most highly honored and widely read American poets. He published 16 books of poems, as well as several volumes of translations and two collections of essays. His list of honors included two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the American Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Distinguished Poetic Achievement, the Wallace Stevens Award and the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Levine served as United States poet laureate from 2011-2012.