Levis Reading Prize
(Boy with Thorn)
October 11, 2016 – 7PM
VCU Cabell Library
Rickey Laurentiis is the winner of the 2015 Levis Reading Prize awarded by the Department of English and its MFA in Creative Writing Program at Virginia Commonwealth University for his poetry collection Boy with Thorn, which was also selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and named one of the “Top 16 Best Poetry Books” by BuzzFeed. The recipient of a 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, his other honors include fellowships or scholarships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Cave Canem Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, as well as the Alonzo Davis Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship from Washington University in St Louis, where he received his MFA in Writing.
For more information please visit the VCU Levis Reading Prize page.