Michael H. Levin
Michael H. Levin (1942 - ) has lived in the District since 1969. He has published poetry since 1976, and journalism and literary criticism since 1964. He is a two-time recipient of the American Independent Writers annual juried award for best published poem (2003, 2008) and a prizewinner in Poetica Magazine’s yearly national chapbook competition (2012). His poems have appeared in Hudson River Anthology, Wisconsin Review, Poet Lore, Midstream, and The Federal Poet among other periodicals. His chapbook, Watered Colors (Poetica Publishing) is scheduled for publication in December 2013. He has been a member of The Federal Poets since mid-2012.
Mike’s freelance journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Harvard Magazine, Pennsylvania Gazette and numerous other periodicals, and has received multiple awards. His critical pieces have appeared in Studies in English Literature (Tulane) and Renascence (Marquette). He has been a lawyer, policy expert and executive at the U.S. EPA and other agencies, the White House and the U.S. Congress, and has headed Washington environmental practices at national or regional law firms. He presently is a renewable-energy investment banker and solar energy developer when the stars align.
Mike holds honors degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School, and an M.Litt. in English Language and Literature (concentration: theatre) from Oxford University, where he was a Thouron Fellow and the last student of Nevill Coghill (1899-1980), member of the Inklings, acclaimed theatrical director and translator of the Canterbury Tales. He was production assistant for Coghill’s adaptations of Marlow’s Doctor Faustus starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. He is married to Nora Jean (Bieler) Levin, an eldercare consultant and executive director of Caring from a Distance, Inc., a resource for long-distance caregivers. They have two sons and two grandsons who also reside in the District.
Written by Michael H. Levin October 2013