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Allison Amend

Professor & Faculty Adviser to Obscura literary arts magazine

Allison Amend


Carman Hall 391
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B.A., Comparative Literature, Stanford University
M.F.A., Fiction, University of Iowa


A Chicago native and a diehard Cubs fan, Allison Amend holds degrees from Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of the Independent Publisher's Award-winning short story collection Things That Pass for Love, and the novels Stations West (a finalist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Oklahoma Book Award), and A Nearly Perfect Copy. Her most recent novel, Enchanted Islands, about spies in pre-WWII Galapagos, was published in May 2016 and was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award. Visit her on the web at: or