Amy L Clark

Amy is a writer and a member of the declasse.

Amy was Assistant Professor of English Composition at Pine Manor College and taught fiction, revision, and personal essay classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education for many years.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Literature from Bard College and then her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College in 2004, where she was awarded the first place prize for graduate non-fiction. She has had fiction and nonfiction published in literary journals, including Hobart, Juked, Quick Fiction, Action Yes, McSweeneys Internet Tendency, and The American Book Review, and her work appears in the anthology Best of the Web 2009.  Her collection Wanting, which was a finalist for the Rose Metal Press annual chapbook contest judged by Ron Carlson, is now available as part of the book A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women.

Amy is currently looking for a publisher for her collection of creative non-fiction, What I Was Thinking While You Were Talking, her collection of short fiction, Adulterous Generation, and a novel entitled Palais Royale.  She is working on a memoir tentatively entitled The Reason For this Meeting.

She has always secretly wanted to be a rocket surgeon.


Overtime writing 

Overtime Writing is Amy L Clark’s website. When Amy was in graduate school, one of her more unpleasant professors was fond of telling students that they would get more writing done if they stopped “acting like writers.” Though the professor probably thought “acting like a writer” involved talking about one’s latest novelistic ambitions, drinking expensive scotch or cheap wine, and staying up late developing lung cancer, Amy knew even then that acting like a writer involves working a lot of overtime. Being a writer means that when everyone else has gone home to sleep or watch reruns, the writer is writing, and writing, and revising, and trying to compose suitably humble yet aggrandizing cover letters to publications that the writer has a two percent chance of not being paid to appear in. Being a writer means loving every minute of this overtime. Amy L Clark is still attempting to act like a writer every single day.

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