Amy Monticello, MFA

Assistant Professor, Department of English
Program Director, Seminar for Freshmen

Phone: 617-305-1918
Fax: 617-305-1744

Office Location: 8076, 8th Floor, 73 Tremont Street


Fall 2018 Office Hours 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Thursdays


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

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications


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.

Courses Taught

  • ENG-212: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG-371: Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • ENG-376: Literary Publishing
  • ENG-471: Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • WRI-101: First-Year Writing I
  • WRI-102: First-Year Writing II
  • WRI-H103: Honors First-Year Writing
  • CI-139: Literary Citizenship
  • SF-1143: In the First-Person