Rickey Laurentiis receives 2016 Levis Reading Prize

Rickey Laurentiis is the winner of the 2016 Levis Reading Prize awarded by the Department of English and its MFA in Creative Writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University for his first poetry collection, “Boy with Thorn” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015).

The Levis Prize is awarded annually in the name of the late Larry Levis for the best first or second book of poetry published in the previous calendar year. Laurentiis will receive an award of $5,000 and read from his prize-winning work at 7 p.m., on Oct. 11 in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall (room 303).


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