Eldorado, Iowa: A Novel

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The Writer's Eye

Observation & Inspiration for Creative Writers

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The Hands-On Life

How to Wake Yourself Up and Save The World

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Amy E. Weldon

Writer. Teacher. Environmentalist. Seeker.

Amy Weldon, an Alabama native, is professor of English at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She is the author of The Hands-On Life: How to Wake Yourself Up and Save The World (Cascade Books, 2018), The Writer’s Eye: Observation and Inspiration for Creative Writers (Bloomsbury, 2018), and Eldorado, Iowa: A Novel (Bowen Press Books, 2019).

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I describe my own goals with two interrelated Teaching Verbs: destabilize and rebuild. They aren’t what I do to students—they are what I help students do with their own assumptions, ideas, and skills.

The Cheapskate Intellectual

A journey through matters of spirit, sustainability, and self-reliance

  • June 18, 2020

    “Gaze Upon This World” is now an ORION Father’s Day feature.

    Thanks to the good folks at ORION Magazine for featuring my essay about my late father, “Gaze Upon This World,” online as a Father’s Day special, with an updated introduction from me. Previously print-only, this piece (workshopped with Scott Russell Sanders at the 2016 Bread Loaf/Orion Environmental Writers Workshop) is now online. They’ve also been […]

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  • May 21, 2020

    Now under contract: Advanced Fiction Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology.

    Delighted to announce that I’ve signed a contract to write and compile a craft guide and textbook called Advanced Fiction Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology as part of this series for Bloomsbury Academic. The Corita Kent image here (discovered while teaching in London last year) is its presiding spirit: writing, like life, is about […]

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  • April 17, 2020

    Barns and Edens: metaphors and the virus.

    Like soap punctures the fatty envelope around its own RNA strand, coronavirus punctures our human envelopes of comfort and forces rethinking, in so many ways. One is metaphor (x “is” y) and simile (x is “like or as” y), which guides us – for better or worse – in comparing unlike things, and thus helps […]

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