Amy Letter

Assistant Professor of English
Office Location: 329 Howard Hall
Letter CV

I am an artist whose medium is made-up facts. I take the widest possible approach to fiction, using high technology and a hot glue gun in nearly equal measure. Some of my stories have appeared in art galleries instead of literary journals, but I have by no means abandoned traditional storytelling. Every story must find its best way of being.

I encourage my students to try the hard thing, the risky thing, because in art we often must tempt disaster to achieve anything wonderful. We also have to find that perfect harmonic where hard work and great fun are the same thing.

I was born in Fort Lauderdale and hold an M.F.A. (2004) in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. I have lived many places and 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. Of everything I have done, teaching is the most challenging and rewarding, the thing I love best. I teach courses in fiction writing, creative new media writing/art, and adaptation, and am particularly interested in authors' use of medium and form.

I am also the chair of the Susan Glaspell Writers and Critics Reading Series.

When not writing, teaching, or working on the reading series, you can find me making art, playing ukulele, and spending time with my twin daughters, Tesla and Sagan.

ArtSci News
October 27, 2016
Indian scholar and environmental activist Vandana Shiva will discuss the impact of chemically-intensive agriculture and genetically modified organisms during a free public lecture next month at Drake University.