Kaveh Akbar wins 21st annual Levis Reading Prize for ‘Calling a Wolf a Wolf’

Headshot of Kaveh Akbar.

As the winner of the Levis Reading Prize, Kaveh Akbar joins a list of celebrated past recipients, including Solmaz Sharif for “Look” and Rickey Laurentiis for “Boy with Thorn.” (Courtesy photo)

Kaveh Akbar is the winner of the 2018 Levis Reading Prize for his poetry collection “Calling a Wolf a Wolf.”

The Levis Reading Prize is awarded annually for the best first or second book of poetry published in the previous calendar year and chosen by the Department of English and its MFA in Creative Writing program in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The prize honors the memory of poet Larry Levis, who served on the VCU faculty at the time of his death in 1996. Akbar will receive a $5,000 award and will read from “Calling a Wolf a Wolf” on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the James Branch Cabell Library, followed by a reception in his honor.

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