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Amy Letter

I am a writer and artist whose stories, essays, and poems appear in journals and magazines: Puerto del Sol, PANK, Quarterly West, The Rumpus (+), Louisiana Literature, Fringe, storySouth, Center, and others. My art projects are often storytelling in visual or tactile form. I have also made some zero-budget films that are good for a laugh, and not just at the poor sound quality! I teach Fiction and New Media at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The learning inclined can find useful links here. Here is my web CV.

My stories come from this place in my brain right between myth and physics. I like to write about time, evolution, technology, and how these pressures push people to be their best or beastliest selves. Conflicts in the absense of villainy are particularly interesting to me.

I was born in Fort Lauderdale and hold an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. I have worked many jobs, from truck-stop desk clerk to the tour guide at the beautiful and historic Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco. I once subsisted as an undocumented worker in a foreign country, which is quite as much fun as everyone says.

The top-grossing films the year of my birth were Jaws, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. All three are favorite films of mine, and all three augured much for the person I would become, though I’m sure it’s just a coincidence. I mean, I don’t really believe that movies transmit mind beams into babies’ brains and program their personalities. Really. I don’t.


I've been trying to pull fiction into more dimensions, both physically and chronologically. It's meant working with "science fiction" themes, Adobe's Creative Suite, and also with a Dremel Stylus. It's a voyage of discovery; I follow the call, even if it leads me into hardware stores and time machines. Click here here to contact me.

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