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 and She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Visit her online at

Photograph by Adam Tetzloff

Books by this Author

The Mermaid of Brooklyn


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Why am I so tired?"

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. My pathological dread of having anyone, anywhere be mad at me.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. An athletic ability. I'd take any of them.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Teaching writing. Although I admit I have an ill-advised running-a-bookstore fantasy.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I can fall sleep in absolutely any situation. (#humblebrag)

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