Amy Hassinger

February 06, 2004
Amy Hassinger
Amy Hassinger is the author of two novels. Deemed "superb" by O, the Oprah Magazine, and "truly penetrating" by, Nina: Adolescence has been translated into Dutch and Portuguese, won a Publisher’s Weekly Listen Up! Award and was selected as Audio Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine. Her second novel, The Priest's Madonna, is forthcoming in 2006. Hassinger was named a semi-finalist for the 2005 Julia Peterkin Award and received a finalist award in prose from the Illinois Arts Council. 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.

Hassinger grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Barnard College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received her M.F.A. in fiction writing. She taught English to middle school students, as well as writing and literature to undergraduates, and is currently on the faculty of the University of Nebraska's M.F.A. in Writing Program. She lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband and daughter. Hassinger is a former resident of Okemos, Michigan.

"Very few writers are able to give the period of adolescence the wider resonance of serious adult literature. In Nina: Adolescence, Amy Hassinger does so brilliantly. This is an exciting debut by a splendid young writer." -Robert Olen Butler

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To view Special Collections' holdings of Hassinger's work, please click here.

To hear Hassinger read from her own work, please visit the Vincent Voice Library, here.

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