Welcome to the Official Website of Writer Cindy Levy!

We are thankful for your interest and continued support. Please click on the tabs to learn more about Cindy’s life and life’s work as well as information about upcoming appearances and how to schedule individual meetings.

In her 20s, Cynthia Levy moved to California to begin her writing career. Thrown into a progressive artistic scene, she struggled to find her place and her voice. She was confused and unsure so far from home and humidity, buzzing locusts and lightening storms, Southern accents, red beans and rice, and a slower pace. With great effort, Cindy realized her true passion was not in just writing, but what she would soon write about. Provoked by the stories of her mother and grandmother, Cindy set out to give a voice to Southern Jewish women. As she wrestled with their stories, she was inspired to delve deeper into their experiences. Their stories were full of adventure, inequity, determination and strength. Now with years of experience as a tenured professor at one of the nation’s largest black colleges, Cindy has a story of her own. And her story is just as inspiring as those that motivated her career.

“Dr. Levy is one of the most inspiring individuals I’ve ever met. It is a privilege to know her story and read her work.”
-Micaela deGruy
LSU Student

*Many hurricane seasons before Katrina, Cindy changed her last name from LEVY to LEVEE in honor of the embankments built to hold back the waters from the Mississippi and Lake Ponchartrain from the land she grew up on. Spring floods deposit silt along the rivers, creating natural levees, the high land along the waterways. Levees support the growth of hardwood forests and provide land dry enough for cultivation and habitation.

Some of Cindy’s Accomplishments:

  • PhD from Louisiana State University in English Literature
  • MFA from Louisiana State University in Creative Writing
  • BA from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in Studio Art and Creative Writing
  • Nominated for Best Feminist Dissertation by LSU
  • Allen Ginsburg Award Winner
  • William Faulkner Award Winner
  • New Millennium Writing Award Winner
  • Published and Acknowledged over 30 times in various publications including the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual and the Xavier Review

19 responses to “About

  1. Jency Griffin

    Cindy’s writing to me is like a breath of fresh air. This website is great. I can not wait to read her blogs and her books. The world is waiting.

  2. Hi Cindy,

    Here we go. Found you. Good luck with blogging! I’ll check in with you now and then!! 🙂 I’m all for creating a blogging community with like-minded people.


    • Katia, Thank you!

      It took me over a month to discover your message : – ) I’ll get the hang of this one day. Maybe not. It’s a time & energy thing. But write back anytime if you want.


  3. Bonnie Andrus


    I’m so happy and proud at the work you’ve done! I look forward to more great successes in the literary field for years to come. Big warm hugs!


  4. cindyloulevee

    This is amazing Bonnie! We need to email. Please email me at cindy.levee@gmail.com

  5. Hey Cindy,
    Glad I found you—I just saw your note to me from WINS a few weeks ago. I’d love for you to think about doing a guest post–we can talk about what down the line –I write a blog called ‘The Practice of Creativity’ and I’m always interested in featuring new folks. Also, there is an informal Facebook group from folks from WINS (some continuing on and some not) and that’s another great way to connect. Try FB’ing either me -Michele Tracy Berger (I have weird security filters) or Jennie Kohl Austin and we can add you to the group.

  6. Barbara Fine-Miller

    Thanks for sending me your website. I look forward to reading some of your writings!
    Barbara Miller

  7. Barbara Fine-Miller

    Your webside, bio, and accomplishments are impressive.

  8. Hey Cindy — I just finally read your essay in the Double Dealer, ‘Transmitting the Links.” How wonderful it is. Fleshes out for me things that I;m interested in but have little experience with. Cordell’s mother is Jewish and grew up in the Jewish Orphanage in New Orleans. All I know is what she used to tell me, and that was pretty much contained in the orphanage itself. Ava (My email is avahaymon@me.com)

  9. Don’t be a writer… Be writing! – Wm Faulker
    Turn blood into ink. -T.S. Eliot

  10. Jeanette martin

    Hi Cindy, I just came upon your blog accidentally. Looking forward to reading it. Jeanette

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