Bio: Amy Monticello is a writer and lecturer at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Her essays have been published or are forthcoming in The Rambler, Redivider, Upstreet, Waccamaw, Prick of the Spindle, Iron Horse Literary Review, Phoebe, and elsewhere. Her first collection of essays, Close Quarters, is available for purchase at Sweet Publications. She is also at work on another nonfiction manuscript, The Way I Love You, which examines our penchant for nostalgia as individuals, families, communities, and a nation. Amy is both a dog and a cat person. Her favorite local bumper sticker reads, “Ithaca: Ten Square Miles Surrounded by Reality.”
A note to readers: Ten Square Miles is a space to explore the writing process, much like the eclectic Finger Lakes city of Ithaca, New York is a haven for artistry of all kinds. Each essay is an experiment, conceived in the nursery of the blog. Here, I will try my hand at new things. The newness of a post might be in its content or its form. I might introduce a character I’ve not written before. I might tell a story I’ve not told before. I might tell an old story in a new way. All pieces will be in first draft stage. I welcome your feedback and ideas.