Larry Levis

Three-Day Poetry Celebration Honors Larry Levis

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.

Peter Campion

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.