Amy writes about arts, culture, and the environment. She is the Deputy Publisher of Guernica magazine and the Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Review of Books, where she also writes a monthly column called “Burning Worlds.” It explores how contemporary fiction addresses issues of climate change. Her writing has also appeared in O, the Oprah magazine, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Village Voice, the Dallas Morning News, Pacific Standard, McSweeney’s, Literary Hub, and other places. She is also the co-editor of the anthology, House on Fire: Dispatches from a Climate-Changed World, forthcoming 2021 from Catapult.
Amy frequently gives lectures at conferences and college campuses around the country about how art and literature are linked to social change. Sometimes she appears on podcasts (listen closely to her appearances and you can hear her goofy cats).
She received her PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has won awards from the National Science Foundation, the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference, the Center for Research Libraries, and various academic organizations. She is also a recipient of a CLIR/Mellon Library of Congress Research Fellowship. She hails from Topeka, Kansas, and lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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