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Notes for Lawrence Patrick LEVIS
Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - May 12, 1996
Deceased Name: LARRY LEVIS, 49, TEACHER, POET, DIES VCU PROFESSOR'S WORK WON LAMONT PRIZE
Larry Patrick Levis, a poet, author, and professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, was found dead of a heart attack Thursday in his Church Hill home. He was 49.
One of Mr. Levis' books of poetry, "The Afterlife," won the Lamont Poetry Prize from the American Academy of Poets. His published writings also include essays, short stories and reviews.
In the course of his writing career, Mr. Levis was a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.
His most recent book, "Black Freckles," a collection of stories, was published in 1992.
A native of California, he grew up near Fresno and earned a bachelor's degree in English from California State University in Fresno, a master's degree in creative writing from Syracuse University and a doctorate in English from the University of Iowa in 1974.
In 1988, Mr. Levis was a senior Fulbright Fellow in Yugoslavia.
Before joining the VCU faculty in 1992, Mr. Levis taught at the University of Utah, the University of Missouri and the University of Iowa.
He was a member of the Academy of American Poets, the Associated Writing Programs and the Modern Language Association.
Survivors include his son, Nicholas Levis of Old Lyme, Conn.; his mother, Carol Mayo Levis of Selma, Calif.; a brother, W. Kent Levis of Fresno, Calif.; and two sisters, Lynn Levis Acitelli of Fresno and Sheila Levis Brady of Berkeley, Calif.
The family plans a private memorial service at the ranch where Mr. Levis grew up, his brother said. A date has not been set.
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