NEWS: Amy's third novel, Unseen City, will be published by Red Hen Press in the fall of 2020!
Shorter Bio in case you need it for a thing:
Amy Shearn is the author of the novels The Mermaid of Brooklyn and How Far Is the Ocean From Here. Her third novel, Unseen City, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2020. She has an MFA from the University of Minnesota, and currently lives in Brooklyn with her family. You can find her at amyshearnwrites.com or @amyshearn.
Longer Bio in case you are curious:
Amy Shearn was born in Evanston, Illinois, and started writing as soon as she could hold a pencil. She studied in New Mexico, Chicago, and Iowa, before receiving her MFA from the University of Minnesota. Then she moved to New York City, where she has worked as a ghost writer, web editor, and creative writing teacher at NYU-SCPS, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and Gotham Writers Workshops.
Amy's first novel, How Far Is the Ocean from Here, was published by Crown Books in 2008. Charles Baxter called it "a hugely auspicious debut." Her second novel, The Mermaid of Brooklyn, was published by Touchstone Books in 2013, and was a selection of Target's Discover New Writers program and a Hudson News Summer Reads pick. It was also published in the UK by Pan Macmillan and made into an audiobook by Blackstone Audio. Her third novel, a ghost story called Unseen City, will be published by Red Hen Press in 2020.
Amy's other writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Coastal Living, Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, The Millions, The Rumpus, Poets & Writers, The L Magazine, Opium, Five Chapters, and elsewhere. In 2015, she worked with Anchor + Plume Press to publish a posthumously-discovered novella written by her grandmother, Frances Schutze, called The Little Bastard. Amy's short story "Some Fun" was a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and received an honorable mention for the CRAFT Short Fiction Prize; her story "The Rut" was a runner-up for the Joyland Magazine Open Borders Prize; her story "2025" was a finalist for The Best Small Fictions 2016.
Amy received a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and has participated in residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm, THE CABINS, and the self-directed Artist Residency in Motherhood. She has also hosted and curated many literary events in New York City, including a reading series called Lit at Lark and an author talk series, Bookish, at the Brooklyn Public Library. She edits and writes for the website JSTOR Daily. She is also the New York fiction editor at Joyland Magazine. Amy lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.