About Leona

Leona Sevick is the winner of the 2017 Press 53 Poetry Award for her first full-length collection of poems, Lion Brothers.  Her poems appear in The American Journal of Poetry, The Journal, Verse Daily, The Southeast Review, Four Way Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Spillway, Orion, and Blackbird. Her work also appears in the The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (Univ. of Arkansas Press, 2017, foreword by Terrance Hayes).

Sevick is the first place winner of the Split This Rock poetry contest, judged by Naomi Shihab Nye.  She was a finalist for the John Ciardi Prize, The Washington Prize, and the Pleiades Press Editors Prize.  She was named a 2018 Tennessee Williams Scholar and a 2019 Walter E. Dakin Fellow for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.  Her work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net.

Sevick earned a doctorate in English language and literature from the University of Maryland. She serves as a member of the advisory board for the Furious Flower Black Poetry Center and is a poetry reader for The Los Angeles Review. She is provost and professor of English at Bridgewater College in Virginia, where she teaches Asian American literature.