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Alumna Rebecca Donner '01 Named Leon Levy Biography Fellow

September 19, 2018

Alumna Rebecca Donner '01 has been awarded a 2018-2019 residential fellowship at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Leon Levy Center for Biography. The fellowship includes full access to research facilities at The Graduate Center, writing space, and a $72,000 grant.


“As a Leon Levy Fellow [Donner] will work on a biography of Mildred Harnack, an American literary scholar who was a leader of one of the largest anti-Nazi resistance groups in Germany,” according to The Graduate Center’s website. Donner is one of four Leon Levy Biography fellows.


Donner is the author of two books: the novel, Sunset Terrace (MacAdam/Cage, 2003), and the graphic novel, Burnout (DC Comics, 2008). School of the Arts Creative Writing Professor Nicholas Christopher called Sunset Terrace “a wonderful novel, exciting in so many ways: exploration of character, evocation of place, and an assured narrative that carries us swiftly and deeply to places in the heart and mind we experience as if for the first time.” Her nonfiction has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Guernica, The Rumpus, and The Believer.


Donner’s biography about Mildred Harnack is forthcoming with Little, Brown.