Levis Reading Prize

March 29, 2018

Author photo: Solmaz Shariff

Levis Reading Prize
Solmaz Sharif 

March 29, 2018 – 7PM
VCU Cabell Library

Solmaz Sharif is the winner of the 2017 Levis Reading Prize, awarded by the Department of English and its MFA in Creative Writing Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, for her poetry collection Look. Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Sharif holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley and New York University. Her work has appeared in The New RepublicPoetryThe Kenyon Reviewjubilat, Gulf Coast, Boston ReviewWitness and others. She is a former managing director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, and she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University. Published by Graywolf Press in 2016, Look was also a finalist for the National Book Award.

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