Amy Butcher

Ohio, United States

Member Since: 06/12/2012

Amy Butcher is an essayist and author of Visiting Hours (Blue Rider Press/Penguin-Random House), a 2015 memoir that earned starred reviews and praise from The New York Times Sunday Review of Books, NPR, The Star Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and others. Most recently, her work was featured on National Public Radio and BBC, awarded grand prize in the 2016 Solas Awards' "Best of Travel Writing" series, selected for inclusion in Best Travel Writing 2016, earned notable distinctions in Best American Essays 2016 and Best American Essays 2015, and awarded grand prize in the 2014 Iowa Review Award in nonfiction as judged by David Shields. Her 2016 op-ed, "Emoji Feminism," published in the New York Times Sunday Review, was cited by Google as the inspiration for eleven new professional female-empowered emojis, accepted by the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee in July 2016 and incorporated in January 2017 in all iOS software packaging internationally. Additional essays have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times "Modern Love," The New York Times Sunday Review, The Washington Post, The Denver Post, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Fourth Genre, The Rumpus, The Paris Review online, Tin House online, and Brevity, among others. Her work has additionally been anthologized in The Best Travel Writing 2016, Tell It True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction, The Best Of Vela, and is forthcoming in Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays. She earned her MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program and is the 2012-2013 recipient of Colgate University's Olive B. O'Connor Creative Writing fellowship in nonfiction, as well as grants and awards from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, Word Riot Inc., and the Stanley Foundation for International Research. She teaches writing at Ohio Wesleyan University and annually at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska. She has two dogs, beautiful beasts.


Twitter Username: @amyebutcher


  • Visitor #3 , Blue Rider Press / Penguin (April 7, 2015)


  • Olive B. O'Connor Nonfiction Writing Fellowship(2012)
  • Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction(2014)
  • Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2015(2015)


  • Olive B. O'Connor Nonfiction Fellow at Colgate University (August 2012 - May 2013)
  • Teaching Fellow at University of Iowa (August 2009 - May 2012)
  • Assistant Professor of English - Creative Nonfiction at Ohio Wesleyan University (August 2014 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Gettysburg College (May 2009)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative English Literature from Gettysburg College (May 2009)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from University of Iowa (May 2012)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction