Photo by sarah hales

Photo by sarah hales

Amy Silverman is an award-winning writer, editor and teacher. 

Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in The New York Times, Washington Post, Lenny Letter, Travel & Leisure, Motherwell, and Brain, Child. Amy worked for 25 years as a staff writer and editor at New Times, the alternative weekly in Phoenix, where she was twice honored as the Arizona Press Club's Virg Hill Journalist of the Year and also won the Don Bolles award for investigative reporting. 

In 2016, Amy's first book, My Heart Can't Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome, was published by Woodbine House. 

She’s the co-founder of Fly Paper, the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR member station in Phoenix. Amy's an adjunct professor at Phoenix College, and also co-teaches the long-running Mothers Who Write workshop at Changing Hands Bookstore. She's a member of the board of the National Center for Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

Amy is a graduate of Scripps College (B.A. American Studies) and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (M.S.). 

She lives in Tempe, Arizona with her husband and daughters. 

Amy is available for freelance editing and writing. Inquiries can be made through her contact page.



interviewS with Amy


Harvard Kennedy School | Journalist’s Resource


Who lives like this? | A podcast about caregivers of disabled children and their families

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The Longest Shortest Time | a parenting podcast: