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Amy Hassinger is the author of the novels Nina: AdolescenceThe Priest’s Madonna, and After the Dam. Her writing has been translated into six languages and has won awards from the American Best Book Awards, IPPY, Creative NonfictionPublisher’s Weekly, and the Illinois Arts Council. She’s placed her work in many publications, including The New York Times, Ninth Letter, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Amy’s currently working on a middle grade novel set on the Galápagos Islands about the problem of extinction, and a book of creative nonfiction about singing and the pursuit of joy in the face of climate apocalypse. She teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois, and in her free time enjoys singing with her band, The Jaybirds, as well as in free improvisational collaboration with other performing artists.