photo by Kevin Hatt

photo by Kevin Hatt


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


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, 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.

After its publication by McSweeney’s in hardcover in 2001, The Pharmacist’s Mate was released 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 released from Edizioni Black Coffee in September 2017.

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:

The Rumpus
Late Night Library
The Fanzine

Some featured writing:

Family Practice” a parenting column on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Cats” a poem on Word Riot
The Feeler,” a review of Matt Mullican’s performance at The Kitchen on Ohio Edit

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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