Amy Lee Lillard is the author of Dig Me Out from Atelier26 Books. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize and named one of Epiphany’s Breakout 8 Writers in 2018. Her short stories appear in Barrelhouse, Foglifter, Angst, Epiphany, and Atlas and Alice; her nonfiction appears in Off Assignment, Past Ten, Adroit, Gertrude, Grist, and Entropy.


Amy has worked as a copywriter and marketer for over twenty years, working in advertising, corporate communications, trade journalism, and medical education. She has also taught writing at local community colleges and mentored in the PEN America Prison Writing Program.


Amy is the co-creator, co-host, and producer of Broads and Books, the funny and feminist book podcast.


She holds an MFA in fiction writing from the Pan-European program at Cedar Crest College, an MA in literature from Northwestern University, and a BA in English, journalism and psychology from the University of Iowa.

Amy was born and raised in Iowa, lived in Chicago for many years, and now lives in Des Moines. 

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