Established with a generous gift from the Leon Levy Foundation in 2007 as a hub for writers, scholars, students, teachers, and readers of biography, the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center builds connections between independent and university-affiliated biographers across disciplines and cultivates important 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)
To achieve its mandate of identifying, supporting, and fostering excellence and innovation in biography, the Leon Levy Center for Biography (LLCB) hosts frequent public events as well as the annual Leon Levy Biography Lecture in the fall; an annual conference or biography clinic in the spring; a resident fellowship competition to fund the research and writing of outstanding biographies; and academic courses at the Graduate Center in the art and craft of biography.
Leon Levy Center for Biography