I took author photos yesterday! I’m stoked about them. Here is an outtake I love. I’ll post THE ONE soon! This one almost makes me want a pink cover.
Randon Billings Noble and I interview each other for TheRefresh‘s Author to Author series. Read about CODEPENDENCE’s origins, major themes in it and in Randon’s book Be With Me Always, our approaches to vulnerable topics, and more.
CSUPC and I are in the design stage. I’m making decisions about fonts, which is a lot more fun than it sounds. I’m stoked to see the cover soon. Look forward, as well, to a preorder link and the like. March will be a big month.
Blurbs are coming in! Here are the first two:
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
My manuscript, Codependence: A Novel in Essays, won Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s 2018 Essay Collection Contest, judged by Brian Blanchfield. Codependence will release as an actual book in actual stores on September 10, 2019. You can find book news here.
I’m so excited to work with CSU Poetry Center (which has published books including Lily Hoang’s A Bestiary, James Allen Hall’s I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, and Shaelyn Smith’s The Leftovers as part of their essay contest series); honored to have won, especially after seeing the finalist and semi-finalist lists (Jill Talbot! Suzanne Scanlon! Julie Marie Wade! Adam Fagin!); and humbled that Brian picked my manuscript; his book Proxies: Essays Near Knowing (Nightboat 2016) was probably the essay collection I liked most in the last year or so. I owe a major thank you to Caryl Pagel and Hilary Plum at CSUPC and am indebted to and grateful for my peers and advisors at Virginia Tech; I started writing Codependence in Matthew Vollmer‘s 2014 Creative Nonfiction workshop, and I don’t think I could have done it without him.
I will keep you updated on this page. I guess I have to start using my website more!