Amy Hassinger

Illinois, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

Amy Hassinger is  the author of three novels: Nina: Adolescence (Putnam 2003), The Priest's Madonna (Putnam 2006), and After the Dam (Red Hen Press 2016).  Her writing has been translated into Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, and Indonesian and has won awards from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Creative Nonfiction, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Illinois Arts Council. She has placed work in many publications, including The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, The Writers’ Chronicle, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She earned her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and now teaches at the University of Illinois. She grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Urbana, Illinois, where she sings with The Jaybirds and bothers her children.



  • The Priest's Madonna , Putnam (2006)
  • Nina: Adolescence , Putnam (2003)
  • After the Dam , Red Hen Press (September 16, 2016)


  • Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award in Prose(2006)
  • 2003 Foreword Magazine Audio Book of the Year(2003)
  • 2003 Publisher's Weekly Listen Up! Award
  • Finalist for Creative Nonfiction's Human Face of Sustainability Award(2014)
  • IPPY Bronze Medalist for Best Regional Fiction, Great Lakes(2017)
  • Finalist for the Siskiyou Prize in New Environmental Literature(2014)


  • Assistant Professor at University of Illinois (August 2018 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from University of Iowa (May 2001)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Children's literature , Poetry