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"As a first-time biographer, I derived enormous benefit from the Leon Levy Center for Biography fellowship, not only because it provided a workplace and financial support (two very important factors), but because it put me in regular contact with other biographers, some of whom had significantly more experience working in the genre."

—Susan Bernofsky, 2012–2013 fellow, writing a biography of Robert Walser, the Swiss modernist author.


Biography Fellows

Biography Fellows 2016-2017

The Leon Levy Center for Biography is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 Biography Fellows: Cynthia Carr, for a biography of Andy Warhol's "superstar" Candy Darling; Heather Clark, for a biography of the poet and novelist Sylvia Plath; Aidan Levy, for a biography of the tenor saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins; and Adam Plunkett, for a biography of the poet Robert Frost.

CarrCynthia Carr is the author of Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz, winner of a Lambda Literary Award and a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize; Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America; and On Edge: Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century. She chronicled the work of contemporary artists as a Village Voice staff writer for two decades, and her work has appeared in ArtforumThe New York Times, and elsewhere. She was awarded a Guggenheim in 2007. As a Leon Levy fellow she will work on a biography of the transgender actress Candy Darling, to be published by Flatiron Books. (Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)

ClarkHeather Clark is a scholar and critic, and the author of The Ulster Renaissance: Poetry in Belfast 1962-1972, and The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, both published by Oxford University Press. She earned her doctorate in English from Oxford University, and has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the British Library. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing. As a Leon Levy fellow, she will work on Sylvia Plath: The Light of the Mind, which will be published by Knopf.

LevyAidan Levy is the author of Dirty Blvd.: The Life and Music of Lou Reed, published by Chicago Review Press in 2015. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Village VoiceJazzTimes, and Blue Note Records Spotlight. He is a doctoral student at Columbia University in the Department of English and Comparative Literature with a subfield in jazz studies. He performs in the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance program at Columbia and is the baritone saxophonist in the Stan Rubin Orchestra. As a Leon Levy fellow he will work on a biography of the pioneer jazz musician Sonny Rollins.

PlunkettAdam Plunkett has written about poetry for a number of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, the Poetry FoundationDesign Observer, The PointThe Nationn+1, and The New Republic, where he worked as the assistant literary editor. As a Leon Levy fellow, he will work on a critical biography of Robert Frost, which will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.