22nd Annual Levis Reading Prize

July 9, 2019

Jenny Xie is the winner of the 2019 Levis Reading Prize for her poetry collection “Eye Level.” The prize is awarded annually for the best first or second book of poetry published in the previous calendar year and chosen by the Department of English and its M.F.A. in Creative Writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The prize honors the memory of the poet Larry Levis, who was a VCU faculty member at the time of his death in 1996. Xie will receive an award of $5,000 and will read from her prize-winning work on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at VCU’s James Branch Cabell Library, followed by a reception in her honor.

Xie was one of three finalists for the 2019 prize. The other two finalists were Austin Smith for Flyover Country (Princeton University Press, 2018) and Diana Khoi Nguyen for Ghost Of (Omnidawn Publishing, 2018).

Sponsors of the Levis Reading Prize include VCU Libraries, VCU Department of English, Barnes & Noble @ VCU, and the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, with additional funding provided by the family of Larry Levis.

For more details, please see the recent article in VCU News.