The Department of English and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University are pleased to host a reading by the winner of the 2012 Levis Reading Prize Katherine Larson (Radial Symmetry). This annual award is given in the name of the late Larry Levis for the best first or second book of poetry published in the calendar year 2011. Larson will receive an honorarium of $2000 and will be brought to Richmond, all expenses paid, for a reception and public reading on September 20th, 2012 to be held at 8PM at the Grace Street Theater. This event is free and open to the public.
Katherine Larson is the author of Radial Symmetry (Yale University Press, 2011), selected by Louise Glück as the winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Larson’s work has appeared in AGNI, Boulevard, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry, and Poetry Northwest, among other publications. She is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Poetry Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. In addition to writing, she has worked as a molecular biologist and field ecologist. She lives in Arizona with her husband and daughter.
This year the Prize Committee would also like to recognize two finalists, Anthony Carelli for his collection Carnations (Princeton University Press, 2011) and Brian Barker for The Black Ocean (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011).
The Levis Reading Prize is presented on behalf of VCU’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. Sponsors include the VCU Department of English, James Branch Cabell Library Associates, VCU Friends of the Library, the VCU Libraries, the VCU Honors College, Barnes & Noble @ VCU, and the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, with additional funding provided by the family of Larry Levis.
For further information about the Levis Reading Prize, see http://www.has.vcu.edu/eng/resources/levis_prize/levis_prize.htm