Rising Author Joins Columbus State as Writing Fellow

Columbus State University’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians has appointed fiction writer David Samuel Levinson as its 2011 Lamar and Marguerite Smith Writing Fellow.

Arriving Sept. 7, Levinson will work and reside this fall in the midtown Columbus childhood home of celebrated American writer Carson McCullers.

He is the sixth recipient of the competitive fellowship named for McCullers’ parents and inspired by McCullers’ experiences at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and the Yaddo Arts Colony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Levinson, from New York City, has published work in The Atlantic magazine, West Branch, Slush Pile, Prairie Schooner and The Brooklyn Review.

His book, Most of us Are Here Against Our Will, is a collection of short stories, mostly set in his hometown of San Antonio. The stories address complex questions about love, loss, family and personal relationships. Writer Bret Easton Ellis has praised this work as “direct, emotional and compulsively readable” and “timeless and essential.”

His first novel, Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence, is due out from Algonquin Books in 2012. The work continues to investigate the themes of his short story collection but in the setting of a small New York college town.

Levinson completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University and a graduate degree in creative writing from The New School in New York. He has served as the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and has taught creative writing at George Washington University, New York University and the University of Texas at Austin. He also has served several fellowships, including at Yaddo, where McCullers once visited as writer-in-residence.

While in residence at the Smith-McCullers House, Levinson plans to work on a second novel, Notes on an American Sundown. He also will give a public reading, and the center will host a reception for him. Details for both events will be announced.

For more information on Levinson, visit http://david-levinson.com/. For more on the McCullers Center, go to http://www.mccullerscenter.org.

Photo: David Samuel Levinson