Amy Mackin

Amy holds a BA in Communication that culminated in a capstone project titled “Creative Writing in the Digital Age,” which incorporated original quantitative and qualitative research in an exploration of Marshall McLuhan’s assertion that “The future of the book is the blurb.” She earned her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and received merit scholarships all semesters. She is particularly interested in the place where social history, work culture, and the creative arts intersect—her master’s thesis examined various artistic interpretations of the life and career of Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician and WWII cryptographer considered to be a founding father of modern computer science. She is currently a graduate student and teaching assistant in the American Studies department at the University of Massachusetts. Amy’s essays appear in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Shriver Report, The Writer Magazine, Literary Mama, Ploughshares, and Witness, among others.

Amy also brings several years of prior experience as a writer and editor in the science, healthcare, and higher education sectors, as well as freelance experience on a variety of projects for global media and marketing agencies, tech companies, financial firms, and nonprofit organizations. She has engaged in many volunteer activities, including grant-writing for independent schools, English instruction to non-native speakers, and serving as editorial staff of an international literary journal. In addition to her education in Communication, Creative Writing, and American Studies, Amy holds a certificate in Resource Management and has completed academic work in Two-Dimensional Design and Strategic Planning. She was born and raised in New England, where she continues to reside with her husband and children.