Amy Hodges Hamilton (Ph.D., Florida State University) is Professor of English at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Amy's research and teaching interests center on personal writing, feminist theory, and healing and the arts. She has served on panels as a specialist in writing and healing, including presentations at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a Healing and the Arts panel at Florida State University's Seven Days of Opening Nights. She co-authored her first essay on the subject of loss and trauma with her mentor Wendy Bishop in Trauma and the Teaching of Writing (NYU Press, 2005). She also served as the founding director of Vanderbilt University's Writing Studio in 2005-2006 and continues to support writing programs both inside and outside the academy.