E. J. Levy

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Ellen J. Levy is an American writer and associate professor at Colorado State University. Her collection of short stories, Love, In Theory, was published in 2012.


Levy earned a BA in history from Yale University.[citation needed] As of March 27, 2019, she is an associate professor in the English department at Colorado State University, concentrating on fiction and non-fiction creative writing.[1] She received tenure in 2014.[2]

Her work has appeared in The Paris Review,[3] The New York Times,[4][5] and Salon.[6] She was the editor of the anthology, Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, which won a Lambda Literary Award.[7]

Levy's debut story collection, Love, In Theory, won the 2012 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, a 2012 Foreword Book of the Year Award (Bronze), and the 2014 Great Lake Colleges Association's New Writers Award for Fiction.[8][9] Kirkus Reviews named Love, In Theory one of the "Best Books of 2013".[10] It was released in French by Editions Rivages in 2015.[11] A Publishers Weekly review of the book called Levy "a master of his [sic] form".[12]

In February 2019, publisher Little, Brown and Company acquired Levy's historical novel The Cape Doctor. It is a portrayal of military surgeon James Barry (1789-1865), who was born Margaret Bulkley but lived as a man as an adult. When Levy announced the upcoming book's sale on social media, she referred to Barry as "she" and a "heroine", which was criticized by transgender people and some authors who say male pronouns are more in line with Barry's life history and self-image.[13][14][15] Levy told The Times that Barry is most often referred to as "I" in her novel and sometimes as "she" and "he".[13] In response to the controversy, biographer Jeremy Dronfield said, "I have no argument with seeing James Barry as a transgender icon, or Margaret as a feminist role model. I do take issue with those who insist on recognising one and erasing the other."[15] As of March 2019, the book has not been scheduled for release.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Levy was born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.[17][unreliable source?] She identifies as a lesbian.[13][6] In a 2013 essay, she described herself as marrying a man but continuing to be a lesbian.[6]



  • Love, In Theory. University of Georgia Press. 2012. ISBN 978-0-8203-4349-5.
  • Amazons: A Love Story. University of Missouri Press. 2012. ISBN 978-0-8262-1975-6.
  • Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers. Avon. 1995. ISBN 978-0-3807-8123-2.


  1. ^ "Associate Professor EJ Levy". Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Salahub, Jill (December 12, 2014). "News of Note Week of December 8th". Colorado State University. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Levy, E. J. (13 November 2018). "Theory of the Leisure Class" – via www.theparisreview.org.
  4. ^ "After a Parent's Death, a Rush of Change".
  5. ^ Levy, E. J. "Opinion - The Maggots in Your Mushrooms".
  6. ^ a b c Levy, EJ (13 July 2013). "I'm a lesbian marrying a man". Salon. Retrieved 27 March 2019. So let me be clear, since I can’t be the only one: I am a lesbian marrying a man.
  7. ^ "8th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. July 14, 1996.
  8. ^ "Winners of the GLCA New Writers Award" (PDF). Great Lake Colleges Association. January 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Full List of 2012 Foreword Indies Winners". Foreword Reviews.
  10. ^ "Love, In Theory by E.J. Levy Review". Kirkus Reviews. December 17, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  11. ^ Leyris, Raphaëlle (August 5, 2015). "La sélection du « Monde des livres »". Le Monde.
  12. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Love, in Theory by E.J. Levy". Publishers Weekly. October 8, 2012.
  13. ^ a b c Barter, Pavel (9 March 2019). "Novelist defends her version of pioneering trans doctor's life story". The Times. Retrieved 26 March 2019. Trans writers have accused Levy of disrespecting Barry by referring to the surgeon as 'she' on social media... Levy told The Times that she referred to Barry in the novel as 'he', 'she', and most often as 'I'.
  14. ^ Baker-Whitelaw, Gavia (February 15, 2019). "Writers want this book canceled for misgendering its protagonist". The Daily Dot. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  15. ^ a b Flood, Allison (February 18, 2019). "New novel about Dr James Barry sparks row over Victorian's gender identity". The Guardian. Retrieved February 23, 2019. When Levy, winner of the Flannery O'Connor award, announced the news of her novel by describing Barry as 'a heroine for our time, for all time', other authors began to question Levy's reference to Barry as 'she', including novelist Celeste Ng, who told Levy: 'I'm now seeing you use she/her pronouns for Barry even as many are telling you Barry himself used and wanted he/him pronouns.'
  16. ^ "London Briefcase 2019: What U.S. Agencies Will Be Selling at the London Book Fair". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  17. ^ Strayed, Cheryl (10 March 2013). "E J Levy". Retrieved 26 March 2019.

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