About Leona

Leona Sevick is the winner of the 2017 Press 53 Poetry Award for her first full-length book of poems, Lion Brothers.  Her poems appear in The Journal, Rhino Poetry, Prelude, Tar River PoetryVerse Daily, Crab Orchard Review, The Normal School, The Arkansas International, The Southeast Review, The Cortland Review, Four Way Review, and The American Journal of Poetry. Her work also appears in the The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (Univ. of Arkansas Press, 2017, foreward 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 and the Pleiades Press Editors Prize.  Named a Tennessee Williams Scholar in 2018, she was selected as a 2019 Walter E. Dakin Fellow for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.  Her work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.

Sevick earned a doctorate in English language and literature at 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.