Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine, known for his poetry of the working class, has been appointed the new U.S. Poet Laureate. The Library of Congress has announced that the 83-year-old Levine will succeed W.S. Merwin this fall. The U.S. Poet Laureate receives $35,000 and is known officially as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Mr. Levine will serve from October through May.