Amy Hassinger

Lecturer of English


Amy Hassinger is new to the University of Illinois, but is a long-time teacher of creative writing, having served as a Faculty Mentor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's low-residency MFA in Writing Program since 2005. Her novels have been translated into Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Indonesian. She's published in such venues as The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, The Writer's Chronicle, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She's originally from Massachusetts, but has lived in Urbana, Illinois, since 2004. In addition to writing and teaching, she spends her time singing in a jazz band and bothering her children.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Fiction, Creative Nonfiction


  • B.A. Barnard College, Columbia University (English/Creative Writng; summa cum laude)
  • M.F.A. University of Iowa Writers' Workshop

Distinctions / Awards

  • Bronze IPPY Medalist in Best Regional Fiction, Great Lakes, 2017 (After the Dam)
  • Finalist Award in Creative Nonfiction’s “Human Face of Sustainability” Contest, 2014
  • Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award in Prose, 2006
  • 2003 Audio Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Magazine for Nina: Adolescence
  • Publisher’s Weekly 2003 Listen Up! Award for Nina: Adolescence
  • Teaching/Writing Fellow, Iowa Writers' Workshop, 2000 - 2001


  • Illinois Arts Council IAS Professional Development Grant, 2013


  • Introductory Narrative Writing

Office Hours

  • Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.



  • After the Dam. Los Angeles: Red Hen Press, 2016.
  • The Priest's Madonna. New York: G.P. Putnam & Sons, 2006.
  • Nina: Adolescence. New York: G.P. Putnam & Sons, 2003.

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