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Amy Beth Wright

Professor of Practice

Amy Beth has been part of the writing faculty at Purchase since 2012, teaching College Writing, Teaching Good Prose, and The Art of the Essay. She founded and edits Expose,The Purchase College Journal of Expository Writing, which shares and celebrates writing created within the College and Expository Writing program. Amy Beth earned her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and writes autobiographical essays as well as features on travel, art, food, spirits, public lands, and architecture. She serves on the board of the SUNY Council on Writing and co-edits a craft-of-pedagogy blogzine for writing educators entitled SUNY Writes!

Representative Courses

College Writing

The Art of the Essay

Teaching Good Prose


Amy Beth’s autobiographical essays have most recently been featured in Catapult, Electric Literature, and Southwest: The Magazine. As a journalist, she contributes to Artsy, Art in America, Wine Enthusiast, and Fodors Travel, among other outlets. Click here to read her work. She co-founded and edits Parks & Points, a website dedicated to sharing writing about public lands, and also edits SUNY Writes! a new resource for writing educators created in collaboration with the SUNY Council on Writing. She and her husband co-edited Wayfinding, an anthology of poetry celebrating parks and public lands, published by Finishing Line Press in August of 2021. 

Presentations / Conferences

Conference planning committee: “The Art of Writing/The Writing of Art.” SUNY Council on Writing, Purchase College, November 2019.

Conference planning committee: “Scarcity and Abundance: Cultivating Community and Expertise in Uncertain Times.” SUNY Council on Writing, SUNY Oswego, October 2021.