Slit Gong (Atingting kon)

Artist: Tin Mweleun (commissioned by Tain Mal); Date: mid to late 1960s; Geography: Vanuatu, Ambrym Island; Dimensions: H. 175 1/4 x W. 28 x D. 23 1/2 in. (445.1 x 71.1 x 59.7 cm) Image: The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Amy Fusselman is a writer based in New York City. She is the author of The Pharmacist’s Mate and 8, or more recently, The Pharmacist’s Mate/8, as well as Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted and Afraid to Die. Her fourth and forthcoming book is called Idiophone.

Her writing has appeared in ARTnews, Ms., The New York Times, Artnet, and The Atlantic, among other places.

Savage Park was excerpted in The Atlantic. Print reviews included the cover story of the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review. Slate also said that Savage Park had one of the “Best Lines of 2015.” and The Believer named it one of their favorite books of 2015. Other press included The Boston GlobeBrian Lehrer Show, Marty Moss-Coane’s WHYY show, and KERA’s Think.

After its publication by McSweeney’s in hardcover in 2001, The Pharmacist’s Mate was released in paperback by Penguin, and was translated into Dutch and French. An Italian edition is on the way. The Pharmacist’s Mate and 8 were re-released in a single volume from McSweeney’s in 2013. Reviews included The Washington Post and San Francisco Weekly.

Fusselman was named an “It” Writer by Entertainment Weekly when The Pharmacist’s Mate was first published. Rosie O’Donnell featured the book on her talk show, calling it “One of the best books about loss I’ve ever read.”

Fusselman is also the publisher at Ohio Edit, a digital art and literary journal. Ohio Edit recently co-published Jon-Michael Frank’s fantastically bitter book of comics, How’s Everything Going? Not Good. The book sold out its print run.

She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.

Selected Interviews:

The Rumpus
Late Night Library
The Fanzine

Some featured writing:

Family Practice” a column on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Cats” in Word Riot

Selected earlier projects:

Surgery of Modern Warfare [Editor, Contributor] a literary web site, 2001-2004
Bunnyrabbit, [Writer, Editor, Illustrator] a ‘zine, distributed internationally by Tower Books/Records, 1990s, 8 issues


For speaking inquiries: josh@ohioedit.com