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Lynn Levin

b. 1953

Biography

Lynn Levin is a poet, writer, translator, and teacher who engages both Jewish and mainstream subjects in her work. She is the author of five collections of poems, most recently The Minor Virtues (Ragged Sky, 2020), named one of the year’s best books by The Philadelphia Inquirer. House Parties, her debut collection of short fiction, will be published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2023. Her poems have appeared in The Hopkins Review, Boulevard, Rattle, on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, Kerem, Artful Dodge, Plume, and Ploughshares. She has published short stories in The Saturday Evening Post, JewishFiction.net, Amarillo Bay, The Broadkill Review, and Valparaiso Fiction Review; and essays in Michigan Quarterly Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, and The Smart Set. Her poems appear in a number of anthologies, including The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry (Bloomsbury Academic), The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (URJ), Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State), and Keystone: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State, forthcoming).

Lynn Levin is Adjunct Associate Professor of English at Drexel University and was the producer of the TV talk-show The Drexel InterView. For many years, she taught creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Before teaching she had careers in publishing and advertising.

Current City, State, Country

Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth City, State, Country

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Published Works

Poetry
The Minor Virtues (Ragged Sky, 2020)
Miss Plastique (Ragged Sky, 2013)
Fair Creatures of an Hour (Loonfeather, 2009)
Imaginarium (Loonfeather, 2005)
A Few Questions about Paradise (Loonfeather, 2000)

Fiction
House Parties: Stories (Spuyten Duyvil, forthcoming 2023)

Craft of Poetry
Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets, co-author (Texture, 1st edition 2013 and 2nd edition 2019)

Translation
Birds on the Kiswar Tree: Poems by Odi Gonzales, a translation from the Spanish (2Leaf, 2014)

Current Title

Adjunct Associate Professor of English, Drexel University

Author Site

Education

Northwestern University, BA in Comparative Literature
Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Poetry

Video Reading

Links to Sample Works

Languages of Publication(s) and Poets Translated

Spanish, Odi Gonzales; French, various poets

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