Philip Levine, the retired Fresno State professor who became poet laureate of the United States, has added another honor to a list of many: the Wallace Stevens Award.
The award is given annually to recognize "outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry."
Past winners of the prize have included John Ashbery, W.S. Merwin and Adrienne Rich. The award comes with a stipend of $100,000.
Levine recently completed a stint as poet laureate, during which time he was feted by Fresno.
Other honors include a Pulitzer Prize, two National Book Awards, the National Book Critics Award, the Ruth Lily Prize and the Academy of American Poets' Lenore Marshall Prize.
— The Fresno Bee