Amy Foster Myer is a writer, editor, and instructor living in Portland, OR. Amy was born in Kokomo, Indiana but made a fast escape as soon as possible….to Boise, Idaho. She worked in social services for two years 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 do not illicit confused “whaaa??” responses. She has a beautiful daughter through open adoption, a sweet Boston Terrier, two demanding cats who always want more “special food,” and a banjo named Sparrow who doesn’t get nearly enough attention.
In 2007 she began the creative writing low-residency program at Queens University of Charlotte, graduating in May 2009. She teaches for Ashford University. When Portland Community College calls, she will probably die of elation – a true joy that kills. She has recently been a Hawthorne Fellow at the Attic Institute in Portland, OR. She 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, Ploughshares, The Sun, ZZYZZVA, and many others, but damned if she’s going to stop trying. She is a member of AWP and Willamette Writers. 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.