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. She also won the 2013 S.I. Newhouse School prize in nonfiction from Stone Canoe. Her work has been published in journals such as Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Iron Horse Literary Review, Hotel Amerika, SalonThe Rumpus, and Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, 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, a small town in the Southern Tier of New York 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 at colleges and universities in Ohio, Alabama, New York, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. Amy is currently working on a memoir about grief, pregnancy, and the search for rootedness tentatively titled A New and Magical Life, and co-authoring the Introduction to American Life Writing, forthcoming by Routledge as part of their American literature series. For over three years, Amy was also a regular contributor at Role/Reboot, where she wrote about gender, politics, and her 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, Jason Tucker, and five-year-old daughter, Benna, who made the screw sculpture.

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Photo credit: Jason Tucker