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Amy has been writing Tell Me A Story since 1992. Working in close collaboration with illustrator Jillian Gilliland, Tell Me A Story has reached millions of readers around the world--from western Australia to the western US, from the Virgin Islands to Long Island. The pair has produced more than 1000 illustrated stories and two book collections, The Spectacular Gift and Tell Me a Story (both published by Andrews & McMeel).

Amy also has published two memoirs, Nothing Sacred: A Conversation with Feminism (Oberon Press) and Kick the Dog and Shoot the Cat (Oberon Press). She has published stories in magazines and newspapers across North American, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Chatelaine, Harrowsmith Country Life and many more. For 8 years Amy was a weekly columnist in Kingston, Ontario for The Kingston Whig-Standard.

She is currently completing a memoir entitled The Murderers' House and she writes regularly for The Mad As Hell Club.

Amy is also a popular creative writing teacher. She regularly teaches memoir, personal essay and creative nonfiction at UCLA Extension in Los Angeles. She also teaches From Page to Stage, a course for those wishing to write and perform personal essays in spoken word venues around the country. She works as an editor, a ghostwriter, a tutor, and a mentor to students through the Pen in the Classrom (PITC). She is an active member of PEN West and The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).

Amy earned her B.A. from Barnard College and an MA in Creative Writing from City College New York (CUNY). For nearly 20 years she lived and worked in eastern Ontario. With kids grown and gone, Amy now lives with her husband, the writer and teacher Dennis Danziger, and her two dogs, Leo and Soni, in Los Angeles.

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More of Amy & Jillian's Tell Me A Story stories can be found at the Universal Press Syndicate website. Those interested in purchasing prints of Jillian's artwork please contact UPS at 1-800-255-6734. Tell Me A Story

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