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writer, reader, graphic designer, unpretentious book person

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I'm Amy. I live and write on the west side of Manhattan, where I am glad to be after ten years in San Francisco.

I currently do marketing and design work for Booksmith and others, as well as freelance writing and graphic design. I am, of course, working on a book.

I'm the cohost of Old Wives, with Casey Childers, a podcast where we talk about mythology and folklore and what have you. Find it on your pod consumption platform of choice.

I have a dog, a husband, a very good whiskey selection, and a Murder, She Wrote tattoo. I read a lot (like, a lot).

Apropos of nothing, here I am in Alaska, where I used to live:

"She's smart, beautiful, and loud."—The San Francisco Chronicle

(photo by Beth Spotswood Daza)


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  • I'm an experienced writer, editor, and copywriter. My work has appeared on Midnight Breakfast, The Establishment, the San Francisco Examiner, MEL Magazine, and elsewhere. I co-edited an anthology of "erotic" fanfiction called Loose Lips (Grand Central, 2016), available anywhere books are sold.

  • I ran and emceed a terrifyingly popular literary fan-fiction competition called Shipwreck. It sold hundreds of tickets every month for five and a half years at Booksmith. We cut every live show into a podcast, including the New York Comic Con shows, and you can listen to them here.

  • I am the former Events Director of the Booksmith, and, over the years, I've interviewed dozens of people much, much smarter and funnier than me on stages in front of live audiences.


  • You can catch me drinking manhattans and talking about Shipwreck and all the things that I read over at Drunk Booksellers, a podcast that is exactly what it sounds like (and is amazing).

  • You can also hear me on Bookstories Pod, talking Booksmith, the industry at large, and getting right up on my diversity soapbox.


with Patton Oswalt at Public Works San Francisco in 2018 for I'll Be Gone in the Dark

What Does My Body Look  Like?

For The Establishment

"Presto, a mid-calf length twill skirt. Change-o, take it off."

Let the Bodies
Hit the Floor


For The Tusk

Exploring the endless, endless murder spree in Cabot Cove, Maine on Murder, She Wrote.

In-conversation with Amelia Gray


For Midnight Breakfast

"[Gray's} is a strange world, but after spending an afternoon there, the anxiety I think we all feel about being alive starts to make a bit more sense."

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How Reading Became a Lifestyle Brand


For Mel Magazine

The definition of what a bookstore IS has changed dramatically in the past decade, and here's why.

Loose Lips: Fanfiction Parodies of Great (and Terrible) Literature

Edited by Amy Stephenson & Casey Childers

Here, in book form, are the most outrageous and weird ships (and wrecks) in Shipwreck's 3-year history, drawn kicking and moaning from 23 of literature's most cherished (and hated) books, and illustrated for your pleasure by Madeline Gobbo.

This book contains bestselling, Hugo, Nebula, and Rita award-winning writers, plus expanded and new content, and essays from myself and Casey Childers.


Fair use has never been so titillating! Buy here.

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