College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Buddy Levy
Clinical Associate Professor

Buddy Levy


Writer, educator, public speaker and entertainer, Buddy Levy is a co-star of the new hit television series Brad Meltzer's DECODED on HISTORY, now in its second season.
As a writer Levy is the author of River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana's Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon (Bantam Dell, 2011).  His other books include Conquistador: 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). As a freelance journalist he has covered adventure sports and lifestyle/travel subjects around the world, including several Eco-Challenges and other adventure expeditions in Argentina, Borneo, Europe, Greenland, Morocco, and the Philippines. His magazine articles and essays have appeared in Backpacker, Big Sky Journal, Couloir, Discover, High Desert Journal, Poets & Writers, River Teeth, Ski, Trail Runner, Utne Reader, TV Guide, and VIA. He is clinical associate professor of English at Washington State University, and lives in northern Idaho with his wife Camie, his children Logan and Hunter, and his black Labs Dugan and CJ.  

Recent Publications:


Clash of Empires: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Bloody Conquest of the Aztec Nation (Forthcoming, Bantam Dell, 2007).

American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett. Putnam, NY. Fall 2005.

Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul. HCI, Inc. (Anthology.) Florida 2003.

Wind Chill, A Novel. Completed manuscript. Currently being shopped by agents.

Echoes on Rimrock: In Pursuit of the Chukar Partridge. Pruett Books, 1999.

The Gift of Birds: True Encounters with Avian Spirits. (Anthology.) Traveler's Tales 1999.

Magazine Articles

"The Setting of Wings." High Desert Journal, Spring/Summer 2007.

"Spinning Wheels and Singing Reels." Big Sky Journal, Spring 2007.

"The Williams Peak Yurts." Couloir. December, 2006.

"Leaps of Faith." River Teeth. Fall Issue, December, 2006.

"Meditation on Silver Creek." Sun Valley Magazine. Summer Issue, June 2006.

"The Singletrack to Paradise." Hooked on the Outdoors. Fishing Issue, May/June 2006.

"The Wild Wild West." Couloir. December, 2005. "The Trail of the Coeur d'Alene." Alaska Airlines Magazine, Spring 2006.

"The Life and Times of a Warren Miller Comic Stuntman." Big Sky Journal. Dec, 2005.

"The Anatomy of the Free Range Writers." Poets & Writers. May/June 2005.

"The River is Enough." Big Sky Journal. Fly Fishing Issue, February 2005.

"Washington Winter Wonderland." Alaska Airlines Magazine. December 2004.

"The Setting of Wings." Big Sky Journal. October 2004.

"Cold Play in Greenland." Arctic Team Challenge. Canoe & Kayak Magazine. July 2004.

"Tie me Up, Tie me Down." World Ride & Tie Champs. Trailrunner. June 2004.

"The Big Bald One-Sun Valley's Bald Mountain." Couloir,October 2003.

"Fjord No boundaries-East Greenland." Adventure Sports Magazine, September 2003.

"Land of Enchantment"." SKI Magazine. Mountain Summer Issue June 2003.

"Breaking Down the Door." Writer's Digest. April 2003.

"Open Boundaries: Schweitzer, Idaho." Couloir, January 2003.

"Open Boundaries: Red Mountain, BC." Couloir, December 2002.

"Renowned Resort: Sun Valley, Idaho." Horizon Air Magazine, November 2002

"Dan the Man: Profile on Gold Medalist Dan O'Brien." Phoenix Magazine, July 2002

"Wind In The Wings." Field & Stream, May/June 2002

"Hobbitville: Schweitzer Mountain Biking." SKI Magazine, June 2002

"Mark Burnett: Made For TV?" Cover Story. Hooked on the Outdoors, Apr 2002

"Architect Spotlight: Robin Nelson." Links. April 2002.

"Musical Teammates." Hooked on the Outdoors. March 2002

"Gear Gluttons." Hooked on the Outdoors. Gear Issue Dec/Jan 2001-02

"Snowflake Sports." Horizon Airlines Magazine, December 2001

"Adventure Racing Reaches Puberty." Hooked on the Outdoors, October 2001

"The Politics of Adventure Racing." TV Guide. September 29, 2001

"Till Death (Valley) Do They Part: The Badwater 135." Competitor, July 2001

"Hell on Wheels." Hooked on the Outdoors, June 2001

"Flaring Nostrils." Hooked on the Outdoors, January 2001

"One Step Ahead of the Playmates." Hooked on the Outdoors, December 2000

"A Dusty Theatre of Pain." OutPost, September/October 2000

"Courting a Weather Crisis." Backpacker, June 2000

"The God Squad Conquers Argentina." Trail Runner, March 2000

"The (Anonymous) Life and Times of a Warren Miller (Comic!) Stuntman."
Hooked on the Outdoors, January 2000

"All Terrain Team Building." Midwest Express Magazine. December 1999

"Estro-Challenge." Trail Runner. November 1999.

"Dynamic Duo: Adventure Racers Robyn Benincasa and Cathy Sassin." Hooked on the Outdoors, Fall/Winter 1999. Cover story.

"Heat Stroke at Inaugural Elf Race." Paddler. September/October 1999.

"How I learned to Stop Worrying and Race in the Buff." OutPost. Fall 1999

"Hanging Tough: A Profile on Adventure Racer Cathy Sassin." Oxygen. September/October 1999.

"High Tailing it Through a Jungle Inferno." OutPost. Summer 1999.

"Adventure Athletes." Alaska Airlines Magazine. April 1999.


Field Produced and Wrote daily features for The Molson Canadian Freeskiing Challenge. Red Mountain, BC. Feb 21-24 2002.

Correspondent to, The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Poipu Bay, Kauai, Hawaii. November 19-21 2001.

Lead Writer, New York City Marathon 2000. Quokka Sports, November 1-7 2000

Lead Writer, Eco-Challenge Sabah 2000, Quokka Sports, August 11-Sept 5 2000

Lead Writer, Marathon des Sables 2000, Quokka Sports April 2-18, 2000

Lead Writer, Elf Authentic Adventure, Philippines 1999 April 5-27 1999

Lead Writer, Beast of the East Adventure Race, 1999, Virginia. May 1999

"The Evolution of a Tech Weenie." January 2000

"John Stamstad: A Record Setting Ride on the Continental Divide." September 1999.

"The Adventure Files." Monthly Adventure Racing Column. June-December 2000 Sports

"The Adventure Files." Monthly Adventure Racing Column. July-October 1999.

Teaching Interests

Levy is interested in discussion-based courses that stress student involvement and participation over traditional lecture. Current areas of interest include contemporary fiction, narrrative nonfiction, and cross-genre works that blur standardized genre classification, such as contemporary nonfiction novels and "new" memoir. Writings about risk, danger, adventure, the natural world, and the individual in society all play a role in current and upcoming course offerings.











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