Events Archive: 2020-21

Levis Reading Prize Night


Ilya Kaminsky, winner of the 2020 Levis Reading Prize for Deaf Republic, reads from his book.

The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. For questions or accommodations, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at

Video Recording

About the Author

Ilya Kaminsky is the author of a previous full-length poetry collection, Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), and a chapbook, Musica Humana (Chapiteau Press, 2002). His work has appeared in such journals as The American Poetry Review, the Kenyon Review, The New Yorker and Poetry. His honors include a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize and its Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, a Lannan Fellowship and an Academy of American Poets Fellowship.

Buy the Book

Deaf Republic is available for purchase online through Barnes & Noble @VCU.


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: Deaf Replubic Cover, courtesy of Graywolf Press