Amy Berkowitz

Amy Berkowitz

Amy Berkowitz is a poet who mostly writes prose. She lives in a rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco, which serves as the headquarters for her chapbook press, Mondo Bummer Books, as well as the venue for her reading series, Amy's Kitchen Organics. She's the author of two chapbooks: Lonely Toast (what to us press, 2010) and Listen to Her Heart (Spooky Girlfriend, 2012). Her work has also appeared in Dusie, Textsound, VIDA, and Where Eagles Dare, among other places. She was a 2014 writer in residence at Alley Cat Bookstore & Gallery. Tender Points is her first book. 

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"Paintings I Won't Paint," VIDA

"the radical possibilities of friendship + 2," Dusie 15

"San Francisco Poem," Where Eagles Dare #10


Reading from Tender Points at Quiet Lightning, April 7, 2014


"Tender Points - Amy Berkowitz," Full Stop

"Feministing Reads: What We're Reading," Feministing

"Experiments in Amplification: The Year in East Bay Art," East Bay Express

"Longreads Best of 2015: Under-Recognized Books," Longreads

"20 Notable Non-Fiction Books You Might've Missed This Year," The Huffington Post

"Best of 2015: Non-Fiction Books," Entropy

"Female Pain: Living with an Illness That No One Believes In," Broadly.

"Experience a Narrative Fractured by Trauma in Tender Points," (The) Absolute

"All I Have To Do Is Tell You: A Review of Amy Berkowitz's Tender Points," Entropy

"'Sometimes I just need to scream and cover myself in blood': A Review of Amy Berkowitz's Tender Points," Open House

"Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz," The Offing

"Pressing Where It's Painful," East Bay Express


"Why I write about illness and gender," Uprooted: An Anthology on Gender and Illness prize winning submission, selected by Valerie Miner  


"Tender Points," with Kate Macklem at KMSU Weekly Reader

"Hitting all the tender points: An interview with Amy Berkowitz," with Nicole Lovett at MARGINS

"The Body Always Remembers," with Cassandra Troyan at The New Inquiry

"A Series of Tender Points: An Interview with Amy Berkowitz," with Esmé Weijun Wang at Journal

"Tender Points: An Interview with Amy Berkowitz," with Geraldine Kim at Weird Sister

"Self-Care for Poets, Part 3 (How to Do Your Body Good)," with Lindsey Boldt at Drunken Boat

"The Write Stuff: Amy Berkowitz on Cheaper Pizza and Better Art," with Evan Karp at SF Weekly


Mondo Bummer Books


Listen to Her Heart at Spooky Girlfriend

Lonely Toast at Goodreads


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