Amy Hassinger

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General Information

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Name: Amy Hassinger

Pen Name: None

Born: 1972 in Frederick, Maryland



Illinois Connection

Hassinger lives in Urbana, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hassinger graduated from Barnard College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received her MFA in fiction writing. She is the author of two novels. Deemed "superb" by O, the Oprah Magazine and "truly penetrating" by - Nina: Adolescence and The Priest's Madonna.

Nina: Adolescence has been translated into Dutch and Portuguese, won a Publisher's Weekly Listen Up! Award and was selected as an Audio Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine. In a starred review, Library Journal says The Priest's Madonna is "a rich fabric of love, mystery, anguish, and faith" while Marie Claire magazine calls it "a provocative page-turner." Houses in Spain, The Netherlands, Russia, and Indonesia have purchased the translation rights.

Hassinger received a 2006 Finalist Award in Prose from the Illinois Arts Council and was named a semi-finalist for the 2005 Julia Peterkin Award. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Arts and Letters, Salt Hill, Natural Bridge, and Blithe House Quarterly Online, and have been anthologized in Best Lesbian Love Stories.

She is also the author of Finding Katahdin: An Exploration of Maine's Past. She's taught English to middle school students, writing and literature to undergraduates, and is currently on the faculty of the University of Nebraska's Low-Residency MFA in Writing Program. She lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband and daughter.

Published Works

  • Finding Katahdin: An exploration of Maine's past, University of Maine Press, 2001
  • "Nina: Adolescence", Putnam, 2003
  • "The Priest's Madonna", Putnam, 2006

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The Priest's Madonna

ISBN: 0399153179
Release Date: 2006-04-06

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Literary Awards

Semi-finalist for the 2005 Julia Peterkin Award; Publisher's Weekly 2003 Listen Up! award

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Amy Hassinger on WorldCat

Amy Hassinger on Amazon


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