Presented in collaboration with the California Center for the Book and the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress
When the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, announced the appointment of Philip Levine as the 18th Poet Laureate, he said, "Philip Levine is one of America's great narrative poets," adding "his plainspoken lyricism has, for half a century, championed the art of telling "The Simple Truth"- about working in a Detroit auto factory, as he has, and about the hard work we do to make sense of our lives."
The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress fosters and enhances the public's appreciation of literature. The center administers the endowed poetry chair (the U.S. Poet Laureate), and coordinates an annual literary season of poetry, fiction and drama readings, performances, lectures and symposia, sponsored by the Library's Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund and the Huntington Fund.
Robert Casper is Head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. He previously worked as Programs Director for the Poetry Society of America and as Membership Director for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, and served as Poetry Committee Chair for the Brooklyn Borough President's Literary Council. Casper is Founder of the literary magazine jubilat and Co-Founder of the jubilat/Jones Reading Series in Amherst, MA, and he lives in Brooklyn, NY and Washington, DC.