Advance Praise for Codependence
(Cleveland State University Poetry Center, September 2019)
Amy Long has woven the complex threads of need, love, pain, and attachment into a stunningly beautiful and gripping collection. This is a necessary and resonant book, finely wrought and boldly presented.
Sonya Huber, author of Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System
Against all the easy recovery narratives, against all the Opioid Crisis Hand-Wringing, stands this heart-stopping book–ferociously written, powerfully felt, absolutely persuasive in its extraordinary nakedness, bravery, and gallows humor. Brilliant.
David Shields, author of Reality Hunger
Amy Long’s first book, Codependence, is forthcoming from Cleveland State University Poetry Center in September 2019; the manuscript won CSUPC’s 2018 Essay Collection Contest, judged by Brian Blanchfield. Her writing has appeared in the Best American Experimental Writing 2015 anthology, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere, including reprints at The Literary Hub (via Heavy Feather Review) and Longreads.
She earned her M.F.A. from Virginia Tech’s Creative Writing Program in 2016 and holds a Master’s in Women’s Studies (2008) and a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies (2006) from the University of Florida. Between her M.A. and M.F.A., Long worked for drug-policy reform and free-speech advocacy groups in Santa Cruz, CA; Washington, D.C.; and New York City and as a bookseller at Bookpeople in Austin, TX. She now teaches English Composition at Northwest Florida State College and is a contributing editor to the drug-history blog Points, where she runs the Fiction Points interview series, recruits guests and guest bloggers, and (rarely) blogs.