Amy Stolls in the woods.
Amy Stolls in a night gown.
Amy Stolls in a night gown.


Amy Stolls is the author of the novel The Ninth Wife (HarperCollins, May 2011), and the young adult novel Palms to the Ground (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), winner of a Parents’ Choice Gold Award. She spent years as a journalist covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska before she received an MFA in creative writing from American University. Currently, she is Director of Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she has worked since 1998, collaborating with thousands of writers, translators, editors, booksellers, publishers, educators, and presenters nationwide to keep literature a vital part of American society. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two young sons.


Amy Stolls likes chai lattes. Also, hot showers, hiking, Tae Kwon Do, This American Life, her purple rain boots, banjo and acoustic guitar music, margaritas, 3D animation, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, scented chapstick, tzatziki, thunderstorms, cafes with couches, farmers’ markets, sleep, a good story, her sons’ tushes, little lined notebooks, log cabins, Frango mints, cuddling with her family each morning, deep-dish pizza, mountains, massages, good-hearted people, funny people, people with free giveaways. Other stuff, too.


Amy Stolls has no cavities.


Amy Stolls has visited more than 25 countries. She has hiked the Inca Trail in Peru; kayaked through Southern Thailand; safaried in South Africa; biked from Prague to Budapest, along the Austral Road in Patagonia, and through northern Vietnam; backpacked through Europe; driven coast to coast across Canada; gotten drunk on good vodka in the former USSR (Moscow, St. Petersburg and cities in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan) and again in the current Soviet Union. In the last year, she has biked to work, run to the supermarket, and crawled into bed.


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