I’m an author, writing coach, and developmental editor. Though my PhD is in Literature (Emory University, 1995), my interests have always been eclectic. American history, poetry, memoir, and the history of science are what I most enjoy reading today.
As a writing coach, I find working one-on-one with authors satisfying because it can be so effective, so transformative for the author. It’s also given me a wonderful kind of intellectual passport to travel widely across disciplines. My work with authors has ranged from projects in American History to Nursing, Geology, Theology, Economics, Information Science, Sociology, and the History of Religion. My experience with Public Health researchers includes working with epidemiologists, cardiologists, and psychologists at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other institutes.
In June 2013, I joined Academic Coaching & Writing as Director of Academic Writing. For over a decade prior to this move, I led a faculty development initiative at Emory University, the Author Development Program. Through workshops on issues in scholarly publishing, as well as one-on-one developmental editing, this program supported faculty members in writing and publishing. Prior to that, I taught writing and literature courses at Rutgers University, Emory University, and the State University of West Georgia.
My own publications include a scholarly book, essays, poetry, academic articles, two edited collections, and several blog series. Whatever the form of the project, what I really love is the chase–discovering the story in history.
My first book, Rewriting the Word: American Women Writers and the Bible (1999), is a work of literary criticism that grew out of my dissertation research on authority, gender, and biblical literary tradition. My second book takes up some of the same themes but abandons literary criticism for poetry. Inspired by the life of Sarah Moore Grimke, The Book of Sarah (2011) imagines the turning points in the life of this American abolitionist and early feminist. For more about how I came to write The Book of Sarah, check out a brief interview, here.
I have two new creative projects on the horizon. One is nonfiction book about an extraordinary social experiment that took place in the Civil War on the Sea Islands of South Carolina. The other is a spiritual memoir exploring the idea of paradise as a frame for intensely lived experiences.
All in all, my career so far has been nothing if not surprising. And I’ll close this brief bio by gratefully acknowledging one of nicest surprises I have ever received. In 2012, the State of the Georgia honored me with a formal resolution, which reads:
The Georgia House of Representatives honors Amy Benson Brown for her amazing career of accomplishments in writing and dedication to providing readers with insightful and thought-provoking comments. (GA House Resolution 1375).
That still leaves me speechless. . . .