Amy Lorraine Long


Virginia Tech
M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction), 2013 – 2016
Thesis: Codependence: A Novel in Essays

University of Florida
M.A. in Women’s Studies, 2006 – 2008
Graduate Thesis: “Dealing with Drugs: Gender, Genre, and Seriality in The Wire and Weeds”
B.A. in English and Women’s Studies, 2003 – 2006
Undergraduate Honors Thesis: “Doing Deviance: Masculine Rebellion and American Politics in 1990s Office Films”



Codependence: Essays. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland State U Poetry Center, 2019.


“Use and Abuse.” Ninth Letter, vol. 15 no. 2, Dec. 2017: pp. 196-206 (Reprinted at Longreads on 19 March 2018.)

“A Glossary of Terms.” Hayden’s Ferry Review, vol. 60, Oct. 2017: pp. 89-103. (Nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2018.)

Pharmacies of New York” w/ visual artist Silas Breaux. Crab Fat Magazine, Nov. 2016.

How to Live in Motels.” decomP Magazine, October 2016.

“On Opiates with The Mom.” Heavy Feather Review, vol. 5, 2016, pp. 64-72. (Reprinted at LitHub as “Mom, I’m Taking Opiates Again, I’m Fine,” 29 Jan. 2016)

“Product Warning.” Best American Experimental Writing 2015, edited by Seth Abramson, Jesse Damiani, and Douglas Kearney. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 2016, pp. 163-174.

On Opiates with Depression.” Atticus Review, 11 May 2016.


Author to Author: Randon Billings Noble and Amy Long.” The Refresh, 28 Feb. 2019.


Status Update: Matthew Vollmer’s Permanent Exhibit” for Fiction Advocate, 1 Oct. 2018

“Dan Fox: Pretentiousness: Why it Matters” for Heavy Feather Review, 22 March 2016.

“Gabe Durham: Bible Adventures” for Heavy Feather Review, 28 Jan. 2016.


“Manhood and Memory: Gender and the Legacy of Slavery in Beloved and Song of Solomon.” Parlour, Special Issue on Toni Morrison, Violence, and Domestic Space (forthcoming 2019).

“Diagnosing Drama: Grey’s Anatomy, Race Blind-Casting, and the Politics of Representation.” The Journal of Popular Culture, vol 4, no. 5, 2011, pp. 1064-1084.

Teaching Experience:

Adjunct Instructor of English
Northwest Florida State College
ENC1101: First-Year Composition (five sections between Fall 2017 and Spring 2019)
ENC1102: Writing about Literature (one section, Spring 2018)

Instructor: “Intro to Creative Nonfiction” and “Introduction to Formal Poetry”
Northwest Florida State Collegiate High School
Two-week high-school electives centered on formal experimentation in creative nonfiction and the basic elements of poetic meter and forms

Instructor: “Form in Creative Nonfiction” Workshop
Bookpeople (Austin, TX)
Two monthlong adult-education workshops focused on formal experimentation in creative nonfiction

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Virginia Tech
Instructor of Record: First-Year Writing and Rhetoric I & II (seven sections total between Spring 2014 and Fall 2015)
Received “Thank a Teacher” Commendation, December 2015
Instructor of Record: Introduction to Creative Writing (one section, Spring 2016)
Received “Favorite Faculty” Award, April 2016

Editorial Experience:

Contributing Editor / Media Liaison
Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drug History Society
Jan. 2011 – present
Points is an interdisciplinary, academic group blog that covers a wide range of drug- and alcohol-related topics both historical and contemporary. I write blog posts; recruit guest bloggers; manage our social media presence; and conceptualized and curate our “Fiction Points” interview series, which has featured writers including Chloe Caldwell, Stephen Elliott, Sarah Gerard, Eleanor Henderson, Leslie Jamison, Tao Lin, Scott McClanahan, Joshua Mohr, Susan Steinberg, and Elissa Washuta.

Fiction Editor / Reader
the minnesota review
Fall 2014 / Fall 2013
Virginia Tech’s MFA program houses the creative side of the minnesota review, a half-creative, half-critical/academic journal distributed by Duke University Press. MFA students take a course called Editing a Literary Journal in which we pick the creative work published in an issue of the journal. As a reader, I read fifteen to twenty-five submissions per week, solicited cover art from the artists Silas Breaux and William Schaff, and interviewed Pleiades Editor-at-Large Joy Katz for the tmr blog. I also served as one of two fiction editors, reading submissions and working in Submittable to coordinate our acceptances and rejections and assign submissions to readers.

Copy Editor & Research Assistant
2011 – present
I have provided editorial assistance to sales and marketing faculty at Florida State University, the University of Houston, the Insper Institute for Education and Research in São Paulo, and elsewhere; manuscripts for professors in the humanities at the University of Florida and NYU; and cover letters, grant proposals, and other documents for applications for Teach for America, Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowships, and more. Research clients include Judith Levine, Milagros Peña, Clay Shirky, Trysh Travis, and others. Topics include the pro-social effects of violent video games, social media activism, Latina and working-class activism at the turn of the twentieth century and the early 2000s, and 12-Step recovery culture.

Professional Experience:

Artist Management
Ray Raposa (Castanets, Raymond Byron & the White Freighter)
January 2019 – present

Bookpeople (Austin, TX)
August 2016 – July 2017

Program Coordinator / Communications Coordinator
American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression / Media Coalition (New York, NY)
March 2010 – Oct. 2012

Policy Editor
Common Sense for Drug Policy (Washington, D.C.)
May 2009-October 2009

Advocacy Assistant
ACLU Drug Law Reform Project (Santa Cruz, CA)
Oct. 2008 – Feb. 2009

Volunteer Experience:

Northwest Florida State Collegiate High School Creative Writing Club
Sept. 2017 – June 2018
Assisted faculty advisor with group meetings, facilitated workshops, served on a student’s capstone project committee.

Research Assistant
California Appellate Project (San Francisco, CA)
April – June 2009
The California Appellate Project conducts pro bono habeas appeals on behalf of indigent clients sentenced to death. During my two months working under the lawyer Melissa Hooper, I researched the mitigating role that neurotoxic pesticide exposure plays in criminal behavior and looked for studies showing that childhood hearing disabilities cause trauma that carries into adulthood.


Available upon request.


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