Amy Parker is the author of Beasts and Children (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016), described by Kirkus Reviews as “riveting” and by Booklist as “An electrifying, daring, and magical debut collection.”
Her work has appeared in Narrative, Five Chapters, At Length, Los Angeles Review Print Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Teaching-Writing Fellowship in fiction and a Meta-Rosenberg fellowship in fiction, as well as grants from the Ucross Foundation, the Clarion Foundation, the Marble House Foundation, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation/Vermont Studio Center.
Amy Parker won a Michener fellowship in fiction from the University of Texas, Austin. Afterward, she spent four years doing intensive monastic practice at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the oldest Soto Zen monastery in the United States, and at Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center in Mill Valley, California. She received lay ordination in the Soto Zen lineage in 2007.