The Grace Street Theatre was crowded for three nights running with people who wanted to hear poetry. An average of 183 people came to each evening event, including a standing-room only crowd to hear a keynote reading by Philip Levine, Larry Levis’s literary friend and former teacher.
Honoring the life and writing of poet Larry Levis (1946-1996) and marking the acquisition of his papers by the James Branch Cabell Library, the Dept of English and its MFA in Creative Writing Program organized the three-day literary conference, which took place September 22-24, 2010.
The conference also presented a kick-off event featuring David St. John, as well as several days of panels and discussions from a stellar group of participating poets and editors from around the country.
The conference concluded with a special evening celebrating the award of the Levis Reading Prize to the 2010 winner, Peter Campion, author of The Lions.
For more about the conference.
A collection of work in Blackbird:online journal of literatur and the arts by Larry Levis or inspired by Levis.