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EJ Levy


EJ Levy’s debut novel, The Cape Doctor (Little Brown, 2021), was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and among Barnes & Noble “100 Best Books of Summer.” It is based on the life of Dr. James Miranda Barry (born Margaret Anne Bulkley in Cork, Ireland, circa 1790) who revolutionized medicine in the English colonies. Foreign editions are forthcoming in France, Spain, and Italy.

Levy’s story collection, Love, In Theory, won the Flannery O’Connor Award and GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction (previously awarded to Alice Munro and Louise Erdrich); it received a Starred Review from Kirkus and was named a Kirkus Best Indie Book of the Year. Cheryl Strayed called it “a brilliant debut”; Roxane Gay praised it as a “smart, smart book”; a French edition was published by Editions Rivages. Levy edited Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers,which won a Lambda Literary Award.

Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Orion, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Nation, among other places, and has been widely anthologized, including in Best American Essays 2005; her stories have twice been named among the year’s Distinguished Stories in Best American Short Stories. Levy has received a Pushcart Prize, a Michener Fellowship (declined), a Loft-McKnight Fellowship, a Nelson Algren Finalist Prize, a Chicago Literary Award, a Gesell Award, an AWP Intro Journals Award, Goldfarb Family fellowship, Elizabeth Graves Fellowship, and fellowships to BreadLoaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Aspen Words, among other honors. She is an Associate Professor at CSU.

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