Leon Levy Center for Biography (logo)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 Graduate Center, CUNY 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. Learn more about the Leon Levy Center for Biography


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“The Leon Levy Fellowship changed my life entirely… The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 was the illustrated biography I wrote because the fellowship gave me the confidence to risk writing a ‘collage biography’ of an 18th-century collage artist.”

—Molly Peacock, 2008–2009 fellow, author of The Paper Garden (McClelland & Stewart, 2010).

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Esther Allen, ’14 – ’15 Fellow, Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Esther Allen, Associate Professor of Modern Languages at Baruch College, CUNY, and Leon Levy Fellow in 2014 – 2015, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in translation. Allen is co-editor of In Translation: Translators on their Work and What It Means, and she has translated works by Javier Marías, José Manuel Prieto, and many others. As a […]


Announcing the 2018-2019 Leon Levy Biography Fellows

Kai Bird, the Executive Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, announced today the award of four resident fellowships at the Graduate Center. Each fellow receives a $72,000 grant, writing space and full access to research facilities. These fellowships are generously funded by the Leon Levy Foundation. The four Leon Levy Biography fellows for […]


Kai Bird Reviews New Biography by Jennet Conant

Kai Bird, Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, reviews Man of the Hour by Jennet Conant for the New York Times. An Acclaimed Biographer Takes on her Grandfather, the Atomic Scientist James B. Conant. Biography is a notoriously arduous affair. Typically, the biographer spends years in the archives, sifting through documents, folder by […]


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