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Started working industrial jobs at 14.

The Los Angeles Times describes the blue-collar background of California State University – Fresno professor emeritus Philip Levine, who yesterday was named the next U.S. poet laureate:

Determined to go to college, Levine enrolled at Michigan’s Wayne State University, where he was asked whether he wanted a bachelor’s. “I already have a place to live,” he told the counselor, not realizing she was talking about a degree.

Read the full profile here.