B.A. English & Film Studies, The College of William and Mary, 2000 M.F.A. Nonfiction, Columbia University, 2003
Amanda Petrusich teaches courses in writing about pop music and pop culture criticism. She is the author of three books about music: "It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music" (Faber and Faber; 2008), "Pink Moon" (Continuum; 2007), and, most recently, "Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records (Scribner; 2014), which was named one of the best books of 2014 by Slate, NPR, and BuzzFeed. Her arts and culture writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Pitchfork, Spin, and elsewhere, and she is a contributing editor at the Oxford American magazine. She was awarded a 2016 fellowship in nonfiction from the John Simon Memorial Foundation in support of her work on a collection of essays that are based loosely on the idea of epiphany.
She was a 2015 MacDowell Fellowship and has been named a New York Foundation for the Arts 2015 Fellow in Nonfiction Literature.
Teaching and Research Interests
music and culture writing; criticism, creative nonfiction; travelogue; the personal essay; subcultures