Amy Shearn

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Amy Shearn is the author of How Far Is the Ocean from Here. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota’s MFA program. Her work has appeared in The Millions, Poets & Writers, The L Magazine, Opium, and Five Chapters, and she writes for Oprah.com and RedbookMag.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Visit her online at AmyShearnWrites.com.

Photograph by Adam Tetzloff

Amy Shearn

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Amy Shearn is the author of How Far Is the Ocean from Here. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota’s MFA program. Her work has appeared in The Millions, Poets & Writers, The L Magazine, Opium, and Five Chapters, and she writes for Oprah.com and RedbookMag.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Visit her online at AmyShearnWrites.com.

Photograph by Adam Tetzloff

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Why am I so tired?"

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. It's a tie between Virginia Woolf's adventurous, freaky-deaky Orlando and Louisa May Alcott's bookish Jo.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I feel I would do well as an eccentric heiress.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I once refused to try baby squid served in its own ink, on the grounds of being a vegetarian. I still think it sounds horrifying, but I was at a family dinner in the Basque country in Spain, and I mean, you know. YOLO.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Whenever people meet me for the first time they say, "I didn't think you'd be so short!"

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