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You might not recognize the names of the 2018 Whiting Award winners, but you probably recognize many of their predecessors — including Pulitzer winner Jorie Graham, National Book Award winner Jonathan Franzen, David Foster Wallace, NBA winners Denis Johnson and Adam Johnson, and Man Booker winner Lydia Davis.
Poet Philip Levine (left) and saxophonist Benjamin Boone were both teaching at California State University, Fresno when they began working together on what would become The Poetry Of Jazz.
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