About

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 my teaching resources on creative writing, literary publishing, and other courses. If you are an educator, materials from this site are open for adaptation in your own teaching.

A little bit about me:

I grew up in Endicott, New York, a small town in the Southern Tier of the state. 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 assistant professor of English and director of the Seminar for Freshmen Program at Suffolk University.

As a writing teacher, I love turning the inward-looking work of the classroom outward in our assignments. I want students to learn how our writing and other intellectual contributions thrive not only in our minds and on the page, but in the public sphere, drawing those outside the university to engage with our art and ideas.

I am also a writer, and you can learn more about this side of my career 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. Other creative and scholarly work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Iron Horse Literary Review, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Hotel Amerika, The Rumpus, Salon, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in Going Om: Real-Life Stories from On and Off the Yoga Mat. I am also a regular contributor at Role/Reboot.

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