Amy Holman teaches writers how to get published, be savvy about the writing business, and communicate about their writing in conversation and in print. Her practical, custom-tailored methodology for evaluating publishing points of view has been a benefit to the thousands of writers who have attended her lectures and seminars or hired her for individual consultations.
Amy’s consulting expertise is based on years of personal success as a prose writer and poet. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection Wrens Fly Through This Opened Window (Somondoco Press, 2010), described by one reviewer as “part freak show, part searing insight,” An Insider's Guide to Creative Writing Programs: Choosing the Right MA or MFA Program, Colony, Residency, Grant or Fellowship (Prentice Hall/Penguin, 2006), and four poetry chapbooks, including the prizewinning Wait for Me, I'm Gone (Dream Horse Press, 2005), which another reviewer called “revelatory and grave, and light as a cloud.” Robert Bly selected her poem “Man Script” for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 1999, after spotting it in a "local paper" (Literal Latte) while dining at The Noho Star.
In addition to conducting the popular “Amy Holman's Tough-Love Guide to Publishing” column for Poets & Writers Magazine, Amy co-edited Get Your First Book Published and Make It a Success (Career Press, 2001) with Jason Shinder and Jeff Herman. Her poems, essays and stories have appeared in more than 50 publications, including Token Entry and The Subway Chronicles (two anthologies devoted to the New York City subways), Rabbit Ears: The First Anthology of Poems About TV, American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, concis, The Chiron Review, The Cortland Review, Failbetter, Gargoyle, Live Nude Poems, The Manhattan Review, Night Train, The Potomac Review, The Same, and The Writer. She contributed articles about knitting in society to The Huffington Post and about poetry inspiration to The Best American Poetry Blog. She even interviewed Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman about his metal-detecting hobby for Barrelhouse Magazine.
Check out Amy's Calendar page for news about readings and workshops.
A selection of links to Amy's writing:
The Night Heron Barks (with audio): "Nun Other"
concis: min words, max heart: (with audio): "The Tailor of Twitter"
The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly (with audio): "Bird Hearts Racing"
Connotations Press: essay "Lounge Act"
Cortland Review: story "Flow, Eddy Flood"
Zocalo Public Square: poems "Bitterness" & "Freelance Destiny"
Wrens Fly Through This Opened Window is currently out of its print run. You can get copies resold on various bookstore sites.
Amy helped me take an important step as a writer as I was about to promote my second book and search for teaching opportunities. We strategized ways for me to present myself, formally with a website, and informally with a “creative ID.” In the process, she gave me skills that I still use today to connect with people and to get my work out there. In addition, she's incredibly knowledgeable about resources and networks for writers. I found Amy to be sympathetic and supportive with a great sense of humor, traits that helped ease a shy writer [into] making a big transition.
—Nancy Agabian, author, Me as Her Again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter