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The Denise Levertov Award

In 2004, Image established the Denise Levertov Award to honor one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets.

DeniseLevertov_NewBioImageLevertov, who spent her last years in Seattle, embraced the landscape and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Particularly in her later poetry, her identity as a Christian believer—a pilgrim whose faith was inextricably entwined with doubt—became another important facet of her work.

Read a personal essay by Murray Bodo about Denise Levertov’s life, work, and faith, originally published in Image issue 27.

The Levertov Award is given annually to an artist, musician, or writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition. The occasion is marked by a reading or performance by the award recipient in Seattle, co-sponsored by Seattle Pacific University's English department and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

Levertov Award Recipients

2015 | Bruce Cockburn

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2014 | Scott Cairns

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2013 | Luci Shaw

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2012 | Patricia Hampl

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2011 | Sam Phillips

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2010 | Ron Hansen

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2009 | Eugene Peterson

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2008 | Thomas Lynch

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2007 | Bret Lott

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2006 | Kathleen Norris

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2005 | Franz Wright

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2004 | Madeline DeFrees

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