Amy Butcher

Creative Nonfiction Writer

Author's Bio

Amy Butcher the author of Visiting Hours (Blue Rider Press/Penguin) and an essayist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review online, Tin House online, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Fourth Genre, The Rumpus, and Brevity, among others. She is the recipient of the 2014 Iowa Review Award in nonfiction, as judged by David Shields, and has received fellowships and awards from the Stanley Foundation for International Research, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, Word Riot Inc., and Colgate University's Olive B. O'Connor Creative Writing Fellowship. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Ohio Wesleyan University and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Publications & Prizes

Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction (Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2015)
Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder (Penguin, 2017)
Visitor #3 (Penguin, 2015)
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Recipient of the 2014 Iowa Review Award; Finalist, Creative Nonfiction Creative Nonfiction Contest; Finalist, Hunger Mountain’s Creative Nonfiction Contest; Finalist, Tupelo Quarterly’s Prose Contest; Finalist, New Letters’ Dorothy Churchill Cappon Essay Contest; Finalist, Brevity’s Bristol Stomp Lyric Essay Contest; Finalist, “Camera-Flash Contest” sponsored by American Short Fiction; Honorable Mention, The Lindenwood Review’s Lyric Essay Contest; Writer-in-Residence, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Residency; Featured Writer, Longreads; Recipient, Word Riot Inc. Travel Grant; Recipient, Stanley Graduate Award for International Research; First Reader, Sarabande Books Inc.’s 2014 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction; 2012 Pushcart Prize Nomination; 2012 Pushcart Prize Nomination; Recipient of the Marion Zulauf Poetry Prize Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets; 2012-2013 Olive B. O'Connor Creative Writing Fellow; 2009-2012 University of Iowa Teaching Fellow; HASTAC Scholar at the University of Iowa

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The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, All The Wrong Places by Philip Connors

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Last update: Apr 15, 2015