University of Iowa

Amy Butcher

Amy Butcher is an award-winning essayist and author of the forthcoming Mothertrucker (Little A, Amazon, 2020) and Visiting Hours (Blue Rider Press/Penguin-Random House), a 2015 memoir that earned starred reviews and praise from The New York Times Sunday Review of Books, NPR, The Star Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and others. More recently, her December 2018 essay “Flight Path” was the grand prize recipient of The Sonora Review’s Flash Essay Contest and her May 2018 essay, “Women These Days,” was named Best Essay of 2018 by Entropy and nominated for a Pushcart Prize and inclusion in the Best American Essays series by the editors at Brevity. Additional work has been featured on National Public Radio and the BBC, anthologized in Best Travel Writing 2016, and earned notable distinctions in Best American Essays 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Her work has appeared in Granta, Harper’s, The New York Times “Modern Love,” The New York Times Sunday Review, The Washington Post, The Iowa Review, Lit Hub, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Fourth Genre, and Brevity, among others. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Ohio Wesleyan University and lives in Columbus, Ohio with her two rescue dogs, beautiful beasts.

Instructor Events

Weeklong June 16 to June 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Amy Butcher

You’re out of shape, bored of the same routine, or simply haven’t had the time to keep that promise you made to yourself in January. You’re stuck, in other words, in one way or in several. You need that extra push. Welcome to Essay Bootcamp. In this course, we’ll sweat our way back into the writing chair and work our way up to heavy lifting—of pencils and of thought—through a dozen new and generative exercises guaranteed to jumpstart a year of writing.

Weekend June 22 to June 23 2019
Instructor(s): 
Amy Butcher

Once upon a time, long before the Age of Oprah, writers who had lived through something fascinating or terrible or both would turn their experiences into exaggerated works and call them fiction. Nowadays, however, these experiences equally take the form of memoir—ruminative, retrospective narratives that comprise a sub-genre of the diverse and expansive genre we typically call creative nonfiction. What does this mean?