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Clinical Professor Buddy Levy

Buddy Levy


Buddy Levy is in his 26th year of teaching courses at Washington State University.

Levy’s areas of interest and expertise include narrative history, memoir, travel and adventure writing, nature writing, journalism, editing and publishing, and biography.

From 2010-2012 Levy was a cast member of the HISTORY channel television series Brad Meltzer’s DECODED, which ran for two seasons (25 hour-long episodes) and is currently airing on H2 (History 2).

Recent Publications:

As a writer Levy is the author of Geronimo: Leadership Lessons of An American Warrior (co-authored with Mike Leach, Simon & Schuster, May 2014); River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana’s Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon (Bantam Dell, 2011).  His other books includeConquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs (Bantam Dell, 2008), which was a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, 2009, and nominated for the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, 2009, and the PEN Center USA Award 2009; American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett (Putnam, 2005, Berkley Books, 2006); and Echoes On Rimrock: In Pursuit of the Chukar Partridge (Pruett, 1998). His books have been published in six languages.

As a freelance journalist he has covered adventure sports and lifestyle/travel subjects around the world, including numerous Eco-Challenges and other adventure expeditions in Argentina, Borneo, Europe, Greenland, Morocco, and the Philippines. His magazine articles and essays have appeared in Alaska Airlines Magazine, Backpacker, Big Sky Journal, Canoe & Kayak, Couloir, Discover, Hemispheres, High Desert Journal, Horizon Air Magazine, Poets & Writers, River Teeth, SKI, Sun Valley Magazine, Trail Runner, TV Guide, VIA, Utne Reader, and Writer’s Digest. He is clinical associate professor of English at Washington State University, and lives in northern Idaho as an empty nester with his wife Camie and their black labs Dugan and CJ.