Levis Reading Prize Night
James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23284
Solmaz Sharif, winner of the 2018 Levis Reading Prize for Look, reads from her book and then participates in a question-and-answer session with the audience. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event will be followed by a book sale and signing.
The event is free and open to the public, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, or to register offline, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593 prior to March 27.
About the Author
Solmaz Sharif was born in Istanbul to Iranian parents. She holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley and New York University. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, jubilat, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Witness and others and has been recognized with a "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, scholarships the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, a winter fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, an NEA fellowship and a Stegner Fellowship. Sharif has most recently been selected to receive a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award as well as a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. She is a former managing director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, and she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University. Her first poetry collection, Look, published by Graywolf Press in 2016, was a finalist for the National Book Award.
About the Prize
To read more about the prize, see the VCU Department of English website.
The Levis Reading Prize is presented on behalf of VCU's M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program. Sponsors include the VCU Department of English, VCU Libraries, Barnes & Noble @ VCU and the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, with additional funding provided by the family of Larry Levis.
Image: Solmaz Sharif, photo by Arash Saedinia, and "View from the window at Le Gras," by Nicéphore Niépce