Saturday, September 21 at 2PM
speaking & signing
In Conversation with Amy Gentry
Fearless, haunting, and transcendently honest, Amy Long’s Codependence is a memoir of pain and its paradoxes. Long documents her coming of age as an ambitious young writer plagued by chronic headache and entangled with a boyfriend’s opioid addiction. The essays that result explore the complexities of care, hurt, and hope with elegance and precision. Long exposes her every nerve, crafting a story both intimate and deeply relevant. An essential book for the opioid era.
ABOUT AMY LONG
Amy Long 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., Amy 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. She also manages Ray Raposa‘s musical projects.
The manuscript for Codependence 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 as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2018. Codepdendence is her first book.
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