Welcome to the Official Website of Writer Cindy Levy!
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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.”
*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