Amy Butcher is an essayist and author of Visiting Hours (Blue Rider Press/Penguin-Random House), a 2015 memoir that earned starred reviews and praise from The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Star Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and others. Additional essays have appeared recently in The New York Times “Modern Love” column, The New York Times “Opinion” column, The Iowa Review, Brevity, and Guernica. Her 2016 New York Times op-ed, “Emoji Feminism,” inspired Google to propose eleven new female, professionally-empowered emojis, rolling out on phones universally this year and discussed at length on the BBC. Her essays have recently been awarded the 2016 Solas Award for “Best Travel Writing of the Year,” The Iowa Review Award in nonfiction, as well as a notable distinction in Best American Essays 2015 and Best American Essays 2016. She is a graduate of The University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program and presently serves as an assistant professor of English at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses on the essay.