Bio

Amy Monticello is the author of Close Quarters, a chapbook memoir about unconventional divorce (Sweet Publications), and the essay collection How to Euthanize a Horse, which won the 2016 Arcadia Press Chapbook Prize in Nonfiction. Her work has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Iron Horse Literary Review, Hotel Amerika, CALYXThe Rumpus, and Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies; featured on Salon, The Establishment, Everyday Feminism, Quiet Revolution, and other popular websites; anthologized in Going Om: Real-Life Stories On and Off the Yoga Mat; and listed as notable in Best American Essays.


Amy grew up in Endicott, New York, a small town in the Southern Tier of the state. She has a B.A. in writing from Ithaca College and an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University. Since 2008, she has lived and taught in Ohio, Alabama, New York, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. In 2013, she won the S.I. Newhouse School prize in nonfiction from Stone Canoe. Amy is currently working on an essay collection about grief, motherhood, and aging tentatively titled A Woman’s Prime, and co-authoring the Introduction to American Life Writing, forthcoming by Routledge as part of their Introduction to American Literature series. From 2015-2019, Amy was a regular contributor at Role/Reboot, where she wrote about gender, politics, and life as a working mother.

Amy is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Suffolk University, where she also directs the First-Year Seminar program. She lives in Boston, MA with her husband and daughter.