Amy Foster Myer is a writer, editor, and instructor living in Portland, OR. Born in Kokomo, Indiana, she made a fast escape as soon as possible….to the bustling metropolis of…. wait for it… Boise, Idaho. For two years, she worked in social services with adults with chronic mental illness and in the juvenile justice system. She returned to Indiana just in time to meet her future wife at the slimiest lesbian dive bar in Indianapolis, and run away again to Portland, Oregon where composting and recycling are second nature and municipally supported – crazy, but true. She has two beautiful daughters, one through open adoption and the other through the craziest IVF story ever conceived (haha – a memoir is forthcoming once she has the time and the brain to write again!), a sweet Boston Terrier, one demanding cat who always wants more “special food,” and a slew of instruments that do not get played nearly enough.
In 2007 she began the creative writing low-residency program at Queens University of Charlotte, graduating in May 2009. She teaches for the Creative Writing Masters Program at Southern New Hampshire University. When Portland Community College calls, she will probably die of elation – a true joy that kills. She has been a Hawthorne Fellow at the Attic Institute in Portland, OR and has twice been admitted to the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop, working first with Vanessa Veselka and then with Karen Russell.
She writes short stories, memoir, and screenplays. Her current published work is linked to in the “Stories” section. She is routinely rejected by Glimmer Train (goodbye forever!), Ploughshares, The Sun, ZZYZZVA, and many others, but damned if she’s going to stop trying. She is a member of JASNA, AWP and Willamette Writers, for whom she regularly submits content and edits the quarterly newsletter. She is currently at work on two collections of short stories, a screenplay mini-series and TV series, as well as two dramas, a sci-fi/fantasy trilogy, a memoir, and a range of novel ideas bumbling in her brain – it may take a while before any are finished, but she has no doubt they’re all works which everyone should read.
Wow, so generous of you to create and share this list, Amy. Thank you!