Donald E. Levin
Professor of English
Donald E. Levin received his B.A. in English from Oakland University in 1971, his M.A. in English from the University of Detroit in 1974, and his Ph.D. in English education from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1996. He has served as chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages since 2007, and was the first director of the Marygrove Honors Program and the first coordinator of the master of arts in English program. He was co-director and principal writer of the 2007 Higher Learning Commission accreditation project. He has published on film and rhetoric and composition. Prior to returning to academia he was a professional writer with more than twenty years' experience, working jobs ranging from speechwriter for the commissioner of the Department of Health in New York City to freelance video scriptwriter of projects for clients including IBM and General Electric. He is widely published as a poet and fiction writer in print and electronic journals; his short story, "Midnight at the Oasis," won the Detroit Metro Times Summer Fiction Contest in 1998, and his poem, "Sestina: The Cleaners," won the Metro Times Grand Prize for poetry in 2005. He is the author of a mainstream novel, The House of Grins, and two books of poetry, In Praise of Old Photographs and New Year's Tangerine. A novel, Crimes of Love, the first of a projected series, is slated for publication in fall 2011.