Amy Butcher

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Amy Butcher enjoys travel of both the body and the mind – most recently to old libraries, databases, courthouses, and other countries, including France, Greece, the Philippines, and Australia, among other places. She leads creative writing courses in Iowa City, Alaska and New York, and in 2012, she held the Olive B. O’Connor Writing Fellowship in nonfiction at Colgate University. She is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and Gettysburg College and serves as editor-in-chief of the flash nonfiction journal Defunct. This winter, her essays were twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and additional essays and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Rumpus, The Indiana Review, The North American Review, and Brevity, among others. Her essay in Vela, “Lessons in Grief,” is part of a longer work on the same subject, and additional excerpts include “My Friend, the Murderer,” published on Salon; “Sick,” in The Rumpus; and “Light Up And Break,” published in the Colorado Review. For more information or to read and learn more, please visit

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Vela stories by Amy:

  • Lessons of Grief

    The day that it happened, the United States Postal Service unveiled The Simpson’s collectors’ set—a five-stamp commemorative booklet featuring...–Read more