Poetry Reading by Amy Fleury
Amy Fleury is a native of Nemaha County in rural northeast Kansas. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous journals, including American Life in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, North American Review, The Southeast Review, Laurel Review, 21st, and The Yalobusha Review. Southern Illinois Press published her first collection of poetry, Beautiful Trouble, in 2004. It was the winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, and was also included in a list of 100 notable books of 2004 published by The Kansas City Star. Her book was given the number one spot on the "cream of the crop" list, the top ten of the 100 originally listed. Amy Fleury has been a recipient of the Nadya Aisenberg Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony and a Kansas Arts Commission fellowship in poetry. She lived in Topeka, Kansas, where she taught creative writing for ten years at Washburn University as a Professor. As of Fall of 2008, she became the poet in the M.F.A. program at her alma mater, McNeese State University.