2023 Levis Reading Prize

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Corey Van Landingham

Date: Wednesday, Oct 18, 2023

Start time: 7:00pm

End time: 8:30pm

Location: James Branch Cabell Library Lecture Hall (Room 303)

Audience: Open to public

Corey Van Landingham, the 2023 Levis Reading Prize winner, will read from for her poetry collection Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens.

The prize is awarded annually for the best debut or second book of poetry published in the previous calendar year and is chosen by the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens, Van Landingham’s second collection, was published by Tupelo Press in 2022. She is also the author of Antidote (2013), winner of the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry, and her latest collection, Reader, I, forthcoming from Sarabande Books in April, 2024. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship as well as a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Boston Review, The New Yorker, Blackbird, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among many other publications. 

The event is free and open to all and will be held in person but will also be live streamed through Zoom.

Registration is required.

The in-person location will be James Branch Cabell Library, Room 303, 901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23219. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks.

Sponsor(s): The Levis Reading Prize is presented on behalf of VCU's M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program in partnership with VCU Libraries. Sponsors include the VCU Department of English and the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, with additional funding provided by the family of Larry Levis.

Event contact: VCU Libraries Events Office, rbpander@vcu.edu