Welcome to the teaching website of Professor Amy Monticello at Suffolk University!

If you are a current or former student, please use these pages to find supplemental resources for creative writing, literary publishing, and other courses. I hope this compilation is a fairly unique one, offering you what has guided me as a writer, much of which was given to me by my own teachers and mentors.

If you are an educator, materials from this site are open for use in your own teaching.

A little bit about me:

I grew up in Endicott, New York, a small manufacturing town in the Southern Tier bordering Pennsylvania. I received my bachelor’s degree in Writing from Ithaca College in 2005, and my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (nonfiction) from The Ohio State University in 2008. Since then, I have lived and taught at universities in Ohio, Alabama, New York, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. I’m now an associate professor of English and director of the First-Year Seminar Program at Suffolk University, and also serve as the 2019-2020 faculty adviser for the student literary journal, Venture.

As a writing teacher, I love turning the inward-looking work of imagination, analysis, and reflection outward in both traditional and multimodal writing projects. I want students to learn how our intellectual and creative contributions thrive not only in our minds and in the classroom, but most of all in public spaces, drawing those outside the university to engage with our art and ideas.

What you’ll find on my teaching website are craft articles, writing prompts, writer resources & databases, and perspectives on literary publishing, organized by course. I plan to add pages for my courses in first-year writing and writing for digital media soon, and I update existing course pages often. Please check back!

You can also learn more about my writing at my author website. I have written two chapbooks of creative nonfiction: Close Quarters, a memoir-in-essays, and How to Euthanize a Horse, which won the 2016 Arcadia Press Chapbook Prize in nonfiction. A forthcoming book, The Routledge Introduction to American Life Writing, co-authored with Sarah Einstein, will be published in 2020-2021. Other creative and scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Iron Horse Literary Review, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Hotel Amerika, The Rumpus, and Salon, and has been anthologized in Going Om: Real-Life Stories from On and Off the Yoga Mat. For three years, I was also a regular contributor at the online magazine Role/Reboot.

To learn more about the Suffolk University English Department and our creative writing program, click here.