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 Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Iron Horse Literary Review, Hotel Amerika, SalonThe Rumpus, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and other journals, 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, the descendent of shoe manufacturers, bartenders, and administrative assistants (her mother still uses the term “secretary”). She has a B.A. from Ithaca College, and an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University. She has lived and taught 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 regularly contributes at Role/Reboot, where she writes about her life as a working mom. In her spare time, she can be found eating something she didn’t cook, cycling at her neighborhood studio, or plopped on the couch with her kid watching movies.

Amy is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, where she lives with her husband and five-year-old daughter, who made screw sculpture above.

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