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Please Join Us
in a Celebration of the Life of

Robert Leuci

Adjunct Faculty, Creative Writing
Department of English, University of Rhode Island

Friday, November 6, 2015, 4:30 pm
Swan Hall Auditorium
60 Upper College Rd. Kingston, RI 02881

Please join us in a celebration of the life and work of our dearly beloved colleague, teacher, and friend, Robert Leuci. An Adjunct Faculty member in the English Department since 2003, Bob taught courses in fiction writing and screenwriting as well as numerous Independent Studies in areas that ranged from detective fiction to memoir-writing. He was an extremely active member of the creative writing community at the university where he lent his wisdom, knowledge, vast experience, warm humor, and large-hearted help in the yearly planning of the Ocean State Summer Writing Conference. He also taught workshops, led discussions, and hosted visiting writers, editors and agents annually at the conference for the past nine years.

To many, the details of Bob’s fascinating, courageous, and risky career as a member of the New York City Police Department preceded him. His work to expose police corruption in the organized crime and narcotics units of the NYPD in the 1970s spawned a bestselling book based on Bob’s story—The Prince of the City by Robert Daly, as well as the Hollywood film that followed, directed by Sidney Lumet and with Treat Williams in Bob’s role. Following Prince and encouraged by his friend, the major American fiction writer, Robert Stone, Bob decided to become a writer himself.

It was this passionate second phase of his life and career that most people knew him for, and deeply benefited from, at the University of Rhode Island where Bob was known for inspiring and encouraging students to find the stories within them that they had to tell and to craft those stories with care. In addition to teaching creative writing, Bob lectured on police ethics and undercover work at over 40 colleges, universities and law schools. He lectured on these subjects at numerous municipal and state police departments across the country, and at the FBI’s academy at Quantico, Virginia. Bob published six novels and numerous short stories, as well as a multitude of magazine pieces and book reviews while also working to adapt his work to the stage. His memoir, All the Centurions, was published by Harper Collins in 2004 and focused on his years with the NYPD. To date, four of his novels have been translated and published in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Croatia.

Touched and changed by all who encountered him, our colleague, teacher and friend, Bob Leuci will be sorely missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Kathy; to his children, Anthony and Santina, and his grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family requests gifts in memory of Robert Leuci can be made payable to the URI Foundation, Ocean State Summer Writing Conference, 73 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881, 401.874.7900.

Read more about Bob’s life:
From The Providence Journal
From The New York Times
A New York Times article from 1981

2015 Ocean State Summer Writing Conference



Tracy K. Smith

2012 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Poetry


Antonya Nelson

New York Times Notable Author

Congratulations to Gregory Pardlo
winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Read more about his book, Digest. Visit his website. Enroll in his poetry workshop.

Announcing Our Saturday Festival
and Young Writers Program

With more sessions and more readers, events for all ages, and specially designed
craft sessions for young writers (under age 18), our family-friendly festival
will be an exciting afternoon! Click here for more.

Located within surfing distance
of the Atlantic Ocean,
in Kingston, Rhode Island.

By day, absorb the wisdom and insights of some of today’s finest writers. By night, explore the area’s colonial history, natural landscapes and seascapes, or the art galleries, museums and world-class dining in Narragansett, Newport, and Providence. Writers of all levels will find master classes, craft sessions, workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, and screenwriting to suit their needs.



We wish to thank thank the following for their generous support of the OSSWC.
At the University of Rhode Island: the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts of Sciences, the Office of Community, Equity & Diversity, the College of Continuing Education, the College of Human Sciences and Services, the Harrington School of Communication, and the Center for the Humanities; the Departments of Communication Studies, English, Gender & Women’s Studies, History, Journalism, Modern and Classical Languages, Sociology & Anthropology, and Psychology. Also the Edmund S. and Nathalie Rumowicz Literature and the Sea Program. And special thanks to President Dooley and Lynn Baker Dooley, and Former Dean Dr. Lynn McKinney and Ron Margolin

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