Philip Levine, former U.S. poet laureate, Pulitzer winner, dies at 87

February 16, 2015 3:42 AM

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Philip Levine, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. poet laureate who wrote elegies to American blue-collar workers sweating through despair-laced jobs, has died in Fresno. He was 87.

Levine, who was a professor emeritus at Cal State Fresno, died Saturday, said Timothy Skeen, a poet who coordinates the university's master of fine arts program. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, according to the Associated Press.

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