Established in 2008 by a generous gift from the Leon Levy Foundation as a hub for writers, scholars, students and readers of biography, the Leon Levy Center for Biography builds connections between independent and university-affiliated biographers across the disciplines and cultivates lively discussions about the art and craft of biography historically and in our time.
"Without the Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellowship, I could never have written my just-published book, Balanchine & The Lost Muse."
—Elizabeth Kendall, 2011–2012 fellow, author of Balanchine & the Lost Muse: Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer (Oxford, 2013)
The Center sponsors the annual Leon Levy Biography Lecture in the fall, an annual Conference on Biography in the spring, and frequent events throughout the year to provide a forum for the public to appreciate the breadth and variety of biographical narratives and the intellectual issues fueling them. The Center offers four resident fellowships annually to fund the research and writing of outstanding biographies and two fellowships to CUNY dissertation students writing biography.
Leon Levy Center for Biography
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016