Michael Levin has long juggled writing with professional
and family demands. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Harvard Magazine, Pennsylvania Gazette and other periodicals. His critical articles have appeared in (e.g.) Asides (Shakespeare Theatre), Studies in English Literature (Tulane) and Renascence (Marquette). His poetry has appeared in Wisconsin Review, Poet Lore, Midstream, Poetica, Martha’s Vineyard Writing, Adirondack Review, The Federal Poet and numerous other journals. He received two American Independent Writers awards for best published poem (2003, 2008) and was a winner in the Writer’s Digest (2013, 2015) and Anna D. Rosenberg (2015, 2016) annual poetry competitions. His work has been published in anthologies including Joys of the Table: An Anthology of Culinary Verse (Richer Resources, 2015) and Such An Ugly Time (Rat's Ass Review, 2017).
Mike spent almost twenty years in federal government as a lawyer, policy expert and executive with EPA and other agencies, in the Carter White House, and as Congressional Fellow to Hon. Andrew Maguire (D-NJ) and the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA). He then was in private practice at national law firms. He currently is an environmental / transactions lawyer and solar energy developer based in Washington DC and Menemsha (Martha’s Vineyard) MA.
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 University of Pennsylvania Thouron Fellow.
While Mike has been writing virtually all his life, Watered Colors is his first poetry collection.
"Pawprints," Jazz Composition by Katrine Suwalski, Lyrics by Michael Levin -- World Premiere, Paradise Jazz Club, Copenhagen, 9/17/14.
Cathrine Legardh, vocals; Katrine Suwalski, sax; Marie Schmidt, piano; Helle Marstrand, double bass.