Amy Boutell

Amy Boutell is a graduate of Barnard College and holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. She has been awarded scholarships to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony and Summer Literary Seminars and a residency at the Ragdale Foundation. Her short stories have been published in New Letters, Nimrod, and Other Voices, and she has been a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, and the William Faulkner Short Story CompetitionShe lives in Santa Barbara where she's at work on her first novel, The Invention of Violet,which was a runner-up for the 2010 Pirate's Alley/Faulkner Society Novel-in-Progress Competition.