Amy Monticello, MFA

Associate Professor, English

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On sabbatical, spring 2022

Program Director, First-Year Seminar


  • MFA, The Ohio State University
  • BA, Ithaca College

Research Interests

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Forms of the Essay
  • First-year Writing
  • Narrative Theory



  • Close Quarters. Chapbook. Sweet Publications, 2012.
  • How to Euthanize a Horse. Arcadia Press, 2018.

Book Chapters

  • Tuscaloosa Writes This, “Communing with Cancer,” Eds. Brian Oliu and Patti White, Slash Pine Press, 2013.
  • Going Om, “Against the Pursuit of Happiness,” Ed. Melissa Carroll, Viva Editions/Cleis Press, 2014.

Selected Journal Publications, Creative Nonfiction

  • "Resuscitate." Hotel Amerika. Issue 16.
  • “Letters From My Father.” Brain, Child Magazine. 12/7/15.
  • “A New and Magical Life.” The Rumpus. 11/30/14.
  • “Shame.” Brevity. Issue 45.
  • “Communing with Cancer.” 3/4/13.
  • “Loving Captain Corcoran.” Stone Canoe. Issue 7. Winner of the 2013 S.I. Newhouse School Prize in Creative Nonfiction.
  • Untitled 140-character micro-essay. Creative Nonfiction. Issue 44.
  • “How to Euthanize a Horse.” Natural Bridge. Issue 28.
  • “The Other Woman.” Iron Horse Literary Review. Issue 14.3. Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013.
  • “Chimney Swift.” Sweet: A Literary Confection. Issue 3.3
  • “All the Ways We Fool Ourselves.” Waccamaw. Issue 10. Nominated for Pushcart Prize.
  • “Winter.” Upstreet. Issue 6.
  • “Miracles We Get.” Redivider. Issue 6.2.

Craft Articles

  • "The New Greek Chorus: Collective Characters in Creative Nonfiction." Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Issue 4.2
  • “In Defense of the Confessional: Parenting, Inclusivity, and J.D. Schraffenberger’s ‘Droppies Babies’.” Essay Daily. 6/23/14.
  • “Hello New Year, Hello 30: A Craft Conversation with Marissa Landrigan.” Her Kind: A Literary Community Powered by VIDA. 1/9/13.
  • “More Than One True Thing.” Waccamaw. Issue 11.
  • “The Place Where Opposing Instincts Meet.” Tuscaloosa Writes This. Eds. Brian Oliu and Patti White, Slash Pine Press, 2013.

Pedagogy Articles

  • "Teaching Brevity: Pennies in My Pocket." Brevity blog. 9/15/17.
  • “My Favorite Essay to Teach: Dear Sugar #39: ‘The Baby Bird.’” Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. 1/5/15.
  • "The Advice Column Two Ways: First-Year Writing and Creative Nonfiction." During Office Hours.

Regular Contributor

  • Role/Reboot author archive. 2015-present.
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Courses Taught

  • ENG-371 Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
  • SF-1143 In the First-Person
  • ENG-212 Intro to Creative Writing
  • ENG-H525 Honors, Seminar:1900-Present
  • ENG-H555 Senior Honors Thesis
  • CAS-H555 Honors CSDM Interdis Capstone
  • CI-H139 Literary Citizenship
  • ENG-170 Narrative and Medicine
  • ENG-H170 Honors Narrative and Medicine