Amy Nolan is Professor of English at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and lives in Waterloo with her husband and soul-cat, Squeak. She teaches screenwriting, poetry, fiction writing, and film studies courses. Her platform for reserach and writing is to express and examine the connections between our treatment of our bodies and our treatment of the earth, with a focus on weaving together scholarship with personal storytelling. Her essay, "My Mother's Hips," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Ruminate Literary Magazine. Other creative nonfiction and scholarly essays appear in Cultural Critique, Bellvue Literary Review, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, The Examined Life, and in the anthologies, Shift: And Anthology of Women's Growth Through Change, Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness and Health and Critical Innovations: Reading and Writing Experimental Texts. Most recently her essay, "Seeking a Language that Heals: Teaching and Writing from a Ruined Landscape," was published in Encountering the Natural World: Environmental Education in the Arts and Humanities, a special issue of the Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning.
Dr. Nolan earned her Ph.D. in contemporary American literature from Michigan State University, where she wrote a dissertation called "Re-envisioning the Mind-Body Labyrinth: Transformations in the Contemporary Narratives of Stanley Kubrick, Paul Auster, Christopher Nolan, and Kathy Acker." She earned an M.A. from Centeral Michigan University, and a B.A. from Alma College.