Julia B. Levine MFA '19 Named Poet Laureate of Davis, California
Julia B. Levine MFA '19 has been named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, serving in this role in Davis, Calif. Levine is the author of several collections of poetry, including Ordinary Psalms; Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight, winner of the Northern California Book Award in Poetry; Ditch-tender; Ask, winner of the Tampa Review Prize; and Practicing for Heaven.
The Academy of American Poets is supporting Levine in developing programming for middle school students to express their climate concerns in small groups, listen to scientists from University of California, Davis talk about solutions, and read and write their own poetry in response to climate change.
A selection of these poems will be recorded by the teen authors and installed with geo-locating technology along a bike path in Davis popular among the youth. This Sound River will be available to anyone with a mobile phone on the path. The Design Tech Lab at American River College will assist with Levine’s fellowship project.