Amy Monticello, MFA

Associate Professor & Chair, English

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

Research Interests

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Forms of the Essay
  • Narrative Theory
  • Narrative and Medicine
  • True Crime
  • Literary Publishing



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

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

  • “How to Tell the Story of an Ordinary Death,” The Los Angeles Review of Books.
  • “The Reduced World,” Under the gum tree.
  • “Not Nothing,” Brevity.
  • “My Only Child Scatters My Ashes,” CALYX.
  • "Resuscitate." Hotel Amerika.
  • “A New and Magical Life.” The Rumpus.
  • “Shame.” Brevity. Issue 45.
  • “Loving Captain Corcoran.” Stone Canoe.
    Winner of the 2013 S.I. Newhouse School Prize in Creative Nonfiction.
  • “Letters From My Father.” Brain, Child Magazine.
  • “Moderation is the Key,” Prime Number.
  • “The Other Woman,” The Iron Horse Literary Review.
    Listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2013.
  • “Chimney Swift.” Sweet: A Literary Confection.
  • “All the Ways We Fool Ourselves.” Waccamaw.
    Nominated for Pushcart Prize.

Craft Articles

  • "The New Greek Chorus: Collective Characters in Creative Nonfiction." Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.
  • “Writing the Apple: A Roundtable Discussion with Michelle Herman, Heather Kirn Lanier, Amy Monticello, and Joe Oestreich,” Creative Nonfiction.
  • “In Defense of the Confessional: Parenting, Inclusivity, and J.D. Schraffenberger’s ‘Droppies Babies’.” Essay Daily.
  • “More Than One True Thing.” Waccamaw.
  • “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.
  • “My Favorite Essay to Teach: Dear Sugar #39: ‘The Baby Bird.’” Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.
  • "The Advice Column Two Ways: First-Year Writing and Creative Nonfiction." During Office Hours. 

Anthology/Textbook Inclusions

  • “Playing the Odds.” Writing: Ten Core Concepts. Robert P. Yagelski. Albany, NY: Cengage Learning, 2018.
  • Against the Pursuit of Happiness.” Going Om: Real Life Stories On and Off the Yoga Mat. Ed. Melissa Carroll. Jersey City, NJ: Viva Editions, 2014.
  • "Communing with Cancer.” Tuscaloosa Writes This. Ed. Brian Oliu. Tuscaloosa, AL: Slash Pine Press, 2013.
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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