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Events Archive: 2021-22

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Night


Raven Leilani, winner of the 2021 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for Luster, participates in a Q&A session about the writing and publishing of her book.

The event is free and open to all and will be held in person but will also be live streamed through Zoom. The in-person location will be James Branch Cabell Library, Room 303, 901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23219. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks.

Please register to attend in person or online. For questions or accommodations, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at or (804) 357-7655.


Register here for the in-person event. 

About the Author

Raven Leilani has had work published in Granta, The Yale Review, Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, The Cut and the New England Review, among other publications. She received her MFA from New York University and was an Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence.


The Cabell First Novelist Award is presented on behalf of VCU's M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program. Sponsors include the James Branch Cabell Library Associates, VCU Libraries, the VCU Department of English, Barnes & Noble @ VCU and the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences.

Image: Raven Leilani portrait, by Nina Subin