Amy Hempel
Dancer and Choreographer
New York, NY
2006 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

Amy Hempel is one of the foremost American writers of short stories, and her works have been translated into twelve languages. She is known for a minimalist writing style through which she evokes psychological and emotional states with reductive language. She is the author of several collections, includingTo Live,At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom,Unleashed, andTumble Home. Scribner publishedThe Collected Storiesin 2006. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared inVanity Fair, theNew York Times Magazine,Grand Street, theQuarterly, andMother Jones, among other leading magazines. Hempel has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hobson Medal, and the silver medal from the Commonwealth Club of California.

Portrait photo courtesy Marion Ettlinger.

  • Artwork by Amy Hempel
    The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel, 2006; photo courtesy Simon & Schuster
Artwork by Amy Hempel