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 elsewhere, anthologized in Going Om: Real-Life Stories On and Off the Yoga Mat, and listed as notable in Best American Essays. She is the winner of the 2013 S. I. Newhouse School prize in nonfiction.

Amy grew up in Endicott, a post-manufacturing 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. 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 regularly contributes at Role/Reboot, where she writes about her life as a working mom.

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. In her free time, she can be found scoping out the city’s restaurant scene, going nowhere fast on a spinning bike, or watching movies with her daughter.

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