photo by Kevin Hatt

photo by Kevin Hatt


Amy Fusselman’s new book, Idiophone, will be released from Coffee House Press in July 2018.


Amy Fusselman is a writer, artist, and publisher based in New York City. She is the author of three books of nonfiction: Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted and Afraid to Die (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015); The Pharmacist’s Mate (McSweeney’s, 2013); and 8 (McSweeney’s, 2013).

Her writing has appeared in ARTnewsMs., The New York Times, Artnet, The Believer, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, 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. Pank magazine said “Savage Park wraps us in wonder…Amy Fusselman writes with grace and precision that beckons us to ask ourselves, just how will I live my life?”

After its publication by McSweeney’s in hardcover in 2001, The Pharmacist’s Mate was published in paperback by Penguin, and translated into Dutch and French. The Pharmacist’s Mate and 8 were re-released in a single volume from McSweeney’s in 2013. An Italian edition of both books, translated by Leonardo Taiuti, will be published by Edizioni Black Coffee in September 2017. 8 was recently featured on the Los Angeles Review of Books radio hour.

Fusselman is the publisher at Ohio Edit, a digital art and literary journal that offers 99-cent downloadable essays  on thought-provoking topics. The first two essays in the series are Winnicott and Music by Nicholas Spice and Comedy and Agency by David Robbins. Ohio Edit’s first venture into paper books, Jon-Michael Frank’s fantastically bitter How’s Everything Going? Not Good was distributed by SPD and sold out its print run .

She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.

Selected Interviews:

Mark Maynard’s The Untold History of Zines
The Rumpus
Late Night Library

Some featured writing and artist interviews:

On the Parental Gaze,” Believer Mag
Family Practice” a parenting column on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Cats” a poem on Word Riot
An Interview with Anastasia Higginbotham, The Believer
Let Me Tell You About the Fistfight I Got Into Last Night,” Empty Mirror
The Feeler,” a review of Matt Mullican’s performance at The Kitchen on Ohio Edit
Inside Picasso’s Head,” a feature about performing in an artwork by Maurizio Cattelan,
On Marie Kondo and Children and Play,” Medium

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

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