Don't know college lingo? No problem.

The Los Angeles Times describes the blue-collar background of California State University - Fresno professor emeritus Philip Levine, who yesterday was named the next U.S. poet laureate:

Determined to go to college, Levine enrolled at Michigan's Wayne State University, where he was asked whether he wanted a bachelor's. "I already have a place to live," he told the counselor, not realizing she was talking about a degree.

Read the full profile here.

Before you keep reading ...

Did you know that MPR News is supported by Members? Gifts from individuals power the headlines, clarity and context found here. Give during the Fall Member Drive to become a Member today.