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Amy Lee Lillard is the author of Exile in Guyville, winner of the 2022 BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize. She is also the author of The Past is a Grotesque Animal, coming soon from University of Iowa Press, and Dig Me Out, hailed by Karan Mahajan as “firecracker debut with a rock n roll wildness at its heart."

Her fiction and nonfiction appears in Vox, LitHub, Barrelhouse, Foglifter, Epiphany, Off Assignment, Autostraddle, and more. She received an Iowa Author Award in 2023, was named one of Epiphany’s Breakout 8 Writers in 2018, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize.


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

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.


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.

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