As a writer of fiction, essays, musical theatre, radio documentaries and dramas, Ami is a dedicated artist who brings creativity and passion to her work. With over 15 years of experience in musical theater she has scored several productions, including The Clouds, Mother Courage, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest.
She believes that the power and magic of a good story can only come through the strength of the characters, plot and place. Her work has been described as "a balance of stories - observation and internal musings, matter of factness and fancy." Her radio documentary for the CBC, Daughter of Family G won an Excellence in Journalism Award at the 2003 Atlantic Journalism Awards and her novel, Given, was awarded second place in the 27th annual Atlantic Writing Competition.
Born in Indiana, Ami currently lives in an old farm house in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia. She's an avid blogger and is an active member of PEN Canada as well as an Associate Editor of Fiction for The Antigonish Review.
Her first novel, The Birth House was published by Knopf Canada in 2006 as their New Face of Fiction's 10th anniversary title (publication by Luitingh Sijthoff - Holland, and Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag -Random House Germany to follow).Publications
Jerome: The Historical Spectacle. Gaspereau Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-1554470631
The Birth House. Knopf Canada (February 2006) ISBN: 0-676-97772-3.
Christ on a Bike, short story - Room of One's Own
Daughter of Family G, Feature Documentary for CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition
Kitchen Ghosts, Feature Documentary for CBC Radio's Outfront
The Midwife House, Feature Webumentary for CBC Radio's Outfront
From Smart Girl to Scat Girl, Feature Documentary for CBC Radio's Outfront
Learning to Box, Personal Essay for CBC Radio's This Morning
March 2004 27th annual Atlantic Writing Competition - H.R. (Bill) Percy Prize for Unpublished Novel - Second Place for Given.
May 2003 Atlantic Journalism Awards - Excellence in Journalism Award (Finalist in the Feature Writing for Radio Category, Daughter of Family G)
April 2003 Gabriel Award Nomination, Daughter of Family G.
January 2003 Finalist in the Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Competition - Illumination.
November 2002 - May 2003 Apprentice in the WFNS Mentorship Program (paired with Richard Cumyn).