Amy Shearn

Title: Freelance writer
Education: University of Minnesota, MFA
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Amy Shearn is the award-winning author of the novels Unseen City, The Mermaid of Brooklyn, and How Far Is the Ocean From Here. She has worked as an editor at Medium, JSTOR, Conde Nast, and other organizations, and has taught creative writing at NYU, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, Gotham Writers Workshops, Catapult, Story Studio Chicago, The Resort LIC, and the Yale Writers' Workshop. 


Amy's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Coastal Living, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Parents Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Literary Hub, Catapult, 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; and her story "2025" was a finalist for The Best Small Fictions 2016. 

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