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

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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. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Paris. I'd somehow be on a really cute bicycle, wearing a perfect scarf. And I'd magically know French.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Coffee. Because then you don't even need food.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. It's a tie between Virginia Woolf's adventurous, freaky-deaky Orlando and Louisa May Alcott's bookish Jo.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Curiosity, creativity, and kindness.


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