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, Atlanta Review, PreludeThe Florida Review, Verse Daily, Crab Orchard Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Normal School, The Arkansas International, The Southeast Review and elsewhere.

Her work also appears in the anthologies All We Can Hold: Poems of Motherhood (Sage Hill Press, 2016), Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry (Accents Publishing, 2016), and The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (Univ. of Arkansas Press, 2017, foreward by Terrance Hayes).

Sevick is the 2012 first place winner of the Split This Rock poetry contest, judged by Naomi Shihab Nye.  She was a semi-finalist for the 2015 Philip Levine Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2016 John Ciardi Prize.  In 2018 she was named a Tennessee Williams Scholar for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sevick earned a doctorate in English language and literature at the University of Maryland in 2002. She serves as a member of the advisory board for the Furious Flower Black Poetry Center and is provost at Bridgewater College in Virginia, where she teaches Asian American literature.