The family of the late U.S. poet laureate Philip Levine will donate his extensive personal library collection of more than 2,000 books to Fresno State for the creation of the Philip Levine Reading Room.
The Levine family’s book donation will be publicly announced at the “Philip Levine: A Celebration” event on Feb. 20, when Fresno State gathers friends, colleagues and former students to pay tribute to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor emeritus of English who passed away Feb. 14, 2015.
The reading room will be located on the second floor of the Henry Madden Library, overlooking the University’s Peace Garden. When built, it will provide a space for students, faculty and members of the greater Fresno community to explore poetry and to read, write and muse. The Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing will hold graduate workshops and public readings and will also host visiting guest writers and scholars there.