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Amy Espeseth


Born in rural Wisconsin, Amy Espeseth immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s and lives in Melbourne. A writer, publisher and academic, Amy lectures in both writing and publishing at NMIT.

Amy is the recipient of the 2007 Felix Meyer Scholarship in Literature, the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, the 2010 QUT Postgraduate Creative Writing Prize, and the 2012 CAL Scribe Fiction Prize. Scribe published her first novel, Sufficient Grace, in 2012 and will release Trouble Telling the Weather in 2013.

Where were you born?

Barron, Wisconsin, United States of America

What themes recur in your work?

Place and nature (weather, flora and fauna, land and sea). Sensory experiences (taste, touch, feel, smell, sight and intuition). Inclusion/exclusion (religious, social and cultural).

What are you passionate about?

I strive to ignite and develop students’ own voices by emphasising the utilisation of memory and exploration of place in their work.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’m a board member of SPUNC – The Small Press Network, Australia’s only advocacy group for small presses.

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