Kaveh Akbar Wins 21st Annual Levis Reading Prize

July 13, 2018

Kaveh Akbar is the winner of the 2018 Levis Reading Prize for his poetry collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf.

The Levis Reading 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 MFA in Creative Writing program in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The prize honors the memory of poet Larry Levis, who served on the VCU faculty at the time of his death in 1996. Akbar will receive a $5,000 award and will read from Calling a Wolf a Wolf on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the James Branch Cabell Library, followed by a reception in his honor.

Poems by Akbar have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New Republic, The Best American Poetry, and many other publications.

For more information see the article at VCU News.