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Amy Lou Jenkins is the award-winning author of Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting

"If you combined the lyricism of Annie Dillard, the vision of Aldo Leopold, and the gentle but tough-minded optimism of Frank McCourt, you might come close to Amy Lou Jenkins.Tom Bissell author of The Father of All Things 

"Sentence by sentence, a joy to read."   Phillip Lopate, Author of Waterfront

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Amy Lou Jenkins
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Amy developed a love of anthologies while living the busy life of a wife, mother, nurse, and writer. Anthologies were a way to find the best of a genre or theme, or an introduction to a style of writing. While remaining a fan of compilations, her love of literature grew beyond anthologies.    Amy  put her nursing career on hold, earned her MFA in Literature and Creative Writing from Bennington College.  She primarily writes literary nonfiction and is held captive by literature of place. Her work has been published in Earth Island Journal, Grit, SportLiterate,  Home Cooking, MetroParent and dozens of other parenting journals, and scads of  national print and web publications.   Her series of braided essays about walking natural landscapes with her son have recently placed in several national writing contests and have been published in The Flint Hills Review, Literal Latte, The Florida Review, and Rosebud. Amy teaches writing at Universities and writing workshops and writes a quarterly review of books and film for the Wisconsin and other Midwest Sierra Club publications.  See her events and appearances.


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Latest News:  Amy's book Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting has been selected as a Midwest Booksellers Connection Pick.

What others are saying about Every Natural Fact:    

“Any reader drawn to the outdoors will cherish EVERY NATURAL FACT and its author's sensual intelligence potted in the fertile soil of a boundless curiosity for the world. Amy Lou Jenkins is the Anna Quindlen of the north woods, the Rachel Carson of the good land of Wisconsin, bequeathing to her son and to all of us an indestructible sense of wonder”.  —Bob Shacochis, National Book Award-winning author of Easy in The Islands and The Immaculate Invasion       

Braiding together history, memoir, gentle parenting guidance, and superb nature writing, Jenkins' prose illuminates the details of ordinary life."—Susan Cheever Author of American Bloomsbury
"If you combined the lyricism of Annie Dillard, the vision of Aldo Leopold, and the gentle but tough-minded optimism of Frank McCourt, you might come close to Amy Lou Jenkins, a writer who obliterates the distinction between regional writing and actual, honest-to-god writing. I, for one, would follow her anywhere."—Tom Bissell author of The Father of All Things 

"Amy Lou Jenkins writes with complexity about the dance human beings do with nature, and with one another...She puts together pieces of history, natural history, and parenting to make a touching and memorable whole. The whole thing rings true." —Michael Finley, judge of the Ellis Henderson Outdoor Writing Award.

 "Her vivid imagery mixes a naturalist's precision with a spiritual seeker's poetry." –Robert Wake, author and editor of Cambridge Book Review Press and co-judge for the X.J. Kennedy Award for Nonfiction


Read Amy's; Column:Green Living Examiner.

Some of Amy's  favorite authors/books in no particular order
 Aldo Leopold  

Terry Tempest Williams

Barry Lopez

Bob Shacochis

 Mary Oliver

 Jane Kenyon

Phillip Lopate

Jim Crace

Tom Bissell

 Gretel Ehrlich

John Muir

 Susan Cheever

Charlotte Bronte

Rachael Carson

Stephen Jay Gould

 Peter Matthiessen

 Vladimir Nabokov

 Pablo Neruda

Janisse Ray

 Ursula Hegi



Recent Writing Awards and Honors listed in year awarded:

2010 Every Natural Fact selected as a  Midwest Booksellers Connection Pick.

2008 Mesa Refuge Writing Fellowship

2008 Ellis Henerson Outdoor Writing Award: Second Place, Honorable Mention

2008 Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, 2008 Contests in Nonfiction: Finalist

2008 Santa Fe Writers Project Annual Literary Awards:  Finalist

2007 XJ Kennedy Award For Creative Nonfiction by Rosebud: Runner up

2007 Ellis/Henderson Outdoor Writing Awards: Second Place, Honorable Mention

2006 Florida Review annual essay contest: First runner up

2006 Flint Hills Review annual essay contest :First Runner Up

2006 Literal Latte' annual essay contest: Second Place

2003 Essay Annual writing award WRRA: First Place

Authored and presented an ongoing six session class  Alverno College Telesis Institute.  Also authored and presented  The Next Step writing workshop at the Spring Writers Festival.

Authored the workshop, Customer Service in Health Care and presented throughout the Midwest for the U.S.

Articles/essays published in  The Flint Hills Review, The Bennington Review, Inkpot, Home Cooking, Cappers, Big Apple Parent, Wisconsin Academy Review, Western New York Family, The Christian Reader, Home Cooking, Generations, MetroParent, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Shepherds Express Metro, Washington Families, Inscriptions, Blue Moon, The New Colonialist, Earth Island Journal, The Florida Review, Rosebud, SportLiterate, Grit, and many more.


 Speaker: has read essays on Wisconsin and Alaska public radio.

 Lecturer:  Carroll University Writing Instructor; Alverno College Great Lakes Writers Workshop and Telisis, UW Madison's Write by the Lake, dozens of radio shows and live readings, keynote speaker. See more at

Multi published and award-winning essayist

 Columnist for  Generations Magazine, Green Living Examiner,  and The Muir View

 Corporate writer for newsletters, profiles, policies, public relations, and more.
 Authored nutrition and health writing projects under contract to Riverside Publishing.
 Developed and presented seminars for corporations and the  general public.


2004- 2006-MFA in Literature and Creative Writing at the Writing Seminars at  Bennington College

2000 – University Journalism classes
1996—1999 MS Mediation, Magna Cum Laude
1995—Certificate in Quality Management
1986--1988 BSN, Support Area: Professional Communication
1982--1984 ADN Phi Thetta Kappa
1980-1981 Diploma Practical Nursing, Phi Thetta Kappa



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