Amy Yelin is a versatile wordsmith whose articles, essays and author interviews have appeared in Salon.com, The Boston Globe, The Boston Globe Magazine, Brainchild, The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, Literary Mama, The ManifestStation, and other publications.
Her awards and recognitions include a Pushcart nomination for “The Memoirist” (Lunch Ticket), a Best of the Net nomination for “Taboo” (Pithead Chapel), and a Best American Essays notable mention for “Torn” (The Baltimore Review). Other essays are anthologized in Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, Tarnished: True Tales of Innocence Lost, and Welcome to the Neighborhood. 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 I Believe” contest and recorded her essay On Magic for a radio special on WEKU, an NPR 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, while 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 looks at the question of how well we can ever really know anyone, even ourselves. The title stems from my father’s name, Gershon, which means alien or stranger there in the Bible.
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 has also written extensively for non-profit organizations as a copywriter for 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 Solstice: 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 occasionally 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 for two weeks at the Vermont Studio Center. Most recently she was also awarded a fellowship to The Writer’s Room of Boston and did a reading with Robin Lippincott.
Oral History with my Dad, Gershon Yelin (United States Holocaust Museum)
For a little humor, you can also check out my parenting and breast cancer blog: I Had a Boob Once (formerly known as I Had a Mind Once)