Kaveh Akbar

Levis Reading Prize

Monday, October 8
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
VCU Cabell Library Third Floor Lecture Hall

The Levis Reading Prize is presented on behalf of VCU’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program. Sponsors include the VCU Department of English, the VCU Libraries, Barnes & Noble @ VCU and the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, with additional funding provided by the family of Larry Levis. It is part of the VCU Visiting Writers Series.

Kaveh Akbar is the winner of the 2018 Levis Reading Prize, awarded by the Department of English and its MFA in Creative Writing Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, for his poetry collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf. Akbar’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, Tin House, Best American Poetry, The New Republic, The Guardian, Ploughshares, PBS NewsHour, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently teaches at Purdue University and in the low residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson.

Visit the Department of English’s events page for more information or contact Thom Didato, 828-1329, tndidato@vcu.edu.