Amy Yelin is a versatile wordsmith whose articles, essays and author interviews have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Boston Globe Magazine, Brainchild, The Mid, The Missouri Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, Literary Mama, The ManifestStation, The Gettysburg Review, and other publications.
Her essay “The Memoirist” received a Pushcart nomination and “Torn,” originally published in The Baltimore Review, was selected as a notable essay of 2006 in the Best American Essays. She also has essays in the anthologies Mamas and Papas and Tarnished: True Tales of Innocence Lost. Excerpts from her interview with author Amy Krouse Rosenthal appear in The Autobiographer’s Handbook: The 826 National Guide to Writing Your Memoir. She also won Skirt Magazine’s “This We Believe” contest and recorded her essay On Magic for a radio special on WEKU, a national public radio station.
Amy is currently at work on a memoir titled A Stranger There, a daughter’s search for connection and happiness in the shadow of her father’s traumatic past. The book takes readers on a journey from Danzig to Palestine to America, sharing both the story of a young boy’s survival and coming of age, and exploring the impact of history and silence on the next generation. Similar to Adrienne Rich’s classic essay “Split at the Root,” the work examines conflict about one’s own identity and, at it’s core, looks at the question of how well we can ever really know anyone, even ourselves.
For more than eight years, Amy worked at Lahey Clinic, a hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts, writing internal communications, marketing materials, health and wellness articles and web content. She is adept at translating complex medical information into understandable content in an effort to educate readers. She is comfortable interviewing patients, physicians and other healthcare providers. In addition, Amy has extensive experience writing for non-profit organizations and is a talented copywriter whose client list includes Monster.com, EF Cultural Care Au Pair, The Greater Boston Food Bank, The South End Community Health Center, and The Family Dinner Project. She is former managing editor/current assistant nonfiction editor for SolLit: A Magazine of Diverse Voices and is a founding member of The Arlington Author Salon.
Amy earned her MFA in creative writing at Lesley University, where upon graduation she mentored students for several years as part of the program’s interdisciplinary component. She teaches for Grub Street in Boston and is the recipient of scholarships to the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony and the Prague Summer Writing program, as well as a Sustainable Arts Foundation fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center.
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