Amra Brooks’ novella California was published by Teenage Teardrops in 2008. In addition, she writes critical essays and reviews about contemporary art, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Inventory, Printeresting, Ping Pong: A Literary Journal of the Henry Miller Library, Entropy, This Long Century, index, the LA Weekly, The Encyclopedia Project, and many other publications. She has taught at the University of California in Santa Cruz and San Diego, Naropa University, and Muhlenberg College. Currently she lives in Providence, Rhode Island and directs the creative writing program at Stonehill College in Easton, MA where she is an associate professor. Together with Professors Jared Green and Scott Cohen she co-produces and edits the podcast The Electro-Library. She is currently working on a book of creative nonfiction called Breathing Asteroids and excerpts from the book can be found in Entropy Magazine.


  • B.A., Liberal Arts (concentration on writing, literature, and art history), Sarah Lawrence College
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts

Courses Taught

  • Poetry I
  • Poetry II
  • Topics in Creative Writing: Short Fiction
  • Topics in Creative Non-fiction
  • Topics in Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
  • Zines, Chapbooks, and DIY Publishing

Areas of Expertise


Associate Professor of English, Creative Writing Program Director



Select Publications, Presentations & Readings

  • Untitled, This Long Century. Web. July 2018.
  • “Breathing Asteroids,” Entropy Magazine. Web. May 2018, excerpt.
  • “From Breathing Asteroids,”Entropy Magazine. Web. July 2017, excerpt.
  • “The Country Lane Ghost,”GHOST, Printeresting Publications, October 2015.
  • “The Earth Archives,” recording /reading of short prose for Danielle Vogel exhibit at the RISD Musem, July 2015.
  • "Amra Brooks Wishes More Doctors Were Poets," Mutha Magazine, September 2013.
  • "East End/Aspirate," Inventory Magazine, Issue 08 Spring/Summer 2013.
  • "The Ranch," "Funeral Home," "The Castle," prose poems from Houses , Ping Pong: A Literary Journal of the Henry Miller Library , 2011 edition.
  • "Teevees," catalogue essay for Wynne Greenwood's Strap-on TV's , Lawrimore Project Seattle, December 2010.
  • "Ramshackle," New Fraktur Arts Journal , Edited by Kate Marchetto and Kyle Page, December 2010.
  • "Interstate 5," "Karen Kilimnik," "Funeral," "Felix Gonzalez-Torres," Encyclopedia Project Vol. 2 F-K , Edited by Tisa Bryant, Miranda F. Mellis and Kate Schatz, forthcoming 2010.
  • California , novella, Teenage Teardrops, November 2008, second printing 2010, third printing 2012.
  • "Sleeping Brontosaurus," "Winter," "Expectant," "Heat Wave," "Photoelectric," "May," "Trust," "Looking West," poems from The Pinking Sky , Not Enough Night , Naropa University, Fall 2008.
  • What Cheer Nonfiction Showcase, Providence, RI, April 2020.
  • Riff Raff Bookstore, reading with Ali Liebegott and Beth Pickens, Providence, RI, April 2019.
  • Stonehill College, reading with Anna Ross, October 2013.
  • RADAR reading series, San Francisco, CA, December 2011.
  • Ooga Booga Store, Los Angeles, CA, August 2011.
  • A New Cadence Poetry series, Santa Cruz, CA, July, 2011.
  • Encyclopedia Project F-K reading, Robin's Books, Philadelphia, PA, March 2011. Family Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA, December 2010.
  • Blind Willow Bookstore, Emmaus, PA, December 2010.
  • A New Cadence Summer Fiction series, Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, June 2010.
  • Mommy, Mommy reading series, Compact Space, Los Angeles, June 2010.
  • Muhlenberg College, November 2009.
  • Bard College, June 2009.
  • The Anne Bonny, Seattle. WA, June 2009.
  • Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, April 2009.
  • UCSC, Living Writers Series, Santa Cruz, CA, April 2009.
  • Good Words at Good World reading series with Eileen Myles and Anselm Berrigan, New York, NY, February 2009.