Amy Zaranek holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Ashland University. Her writing attempts to examine issues of sustainability, agriculture, and military relationships, and her work has appeared in Yemassee Journal, matchbook, Stymie Magazine, and elsewhere. Her essay “Countdown to Deployment” won second prize in the 2020 Col. Darron L. Wright awards from Line of Advance and appeared in the anthology OUR BEST WAR STORIES from Middle West Press.

Amy is the managing editor for the Black Fork Review and the nonfiction editor for Howling Mad Review. She also offers freelance editing services, and volunteers as a mentor for the Veterans Writing Project.

Originally from suburban Detroit, Amy received her BA in Communication Studies from Wayne State University. She worked as a wrangler for four seasons on various ranches in Colorado, where she helped train horses and raise cattle and bison, before returning to the Midwest to pursue her MFA. She now lives and writes in northern Michigan.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys hiking, camping, cycling, and kayaking with her partner, Jason, and her chocolate lab, Lindy.

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