Amalia Pistilli Conrad
  • Female
  • Portland, OR
  • United States
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Who I am:

I have just started this blog, writing about memory, memoir, place, culture. I welcome all comments and contributions!
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
"Stella Maris", a memoir of mad mother as mirror, in progress

"A Many-Splendored Thing", an essay about Canadian Métis artist Rosalie Favell, for "Visual Currencies", an anthology about Native American photography, National Museum of Scotland

"Breasts", a short story for the anthology of women's writing "Out for More Blood", Third Side Press
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir, Theory
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
I do but only for my own enjoyment
Services I offer to other writers:
I have twelve years of academic research experience in the areas of Anthropology, Art History, Cultural Studies, Media Studies.

I have extensive multicultural experience: I am Italian-born-and-bread, and have lived in Germany, England, Canada, and now I permanently reside in the US. I am fully bilingual in Italian-English, and capable of reading and translating French and Spanish.

I would be happy to assist writers with their research at any stage of their book project, whether fiction or non-fiction.

I can also perform some preliminary editing work: I don't claim to be a professional editor, but I have a good eye to spot mistakes and I have been known to correct them in the books I'm reading! I am a meticulous fact-checker and a stickler for grammar and spelling.

Most of all, I'd be happy to be of service to women writers and support their creative endeavors in any way I can...
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
I have recently moved to Portland and I am actively looking for a writers' group in the areas of memoir and general non-fiction. Contact me if you are interested!

Amalia Pistilli Conrad's Blog

Catching Breath

Posted on January 1, 2012 at 7:31pm 0 Comments

In the last month of the last year, ill health forced me to take a long absence from my writing projects—except for journal writing, the only kind that didn't require too much in the way of editing or paying attention.…


Have We Lost the Capacity to Observe?

Posted on October 30, 2011 at 6:33pm 0 Comments

This (now past) summer I was going to go to a Vipassana retreat. 

I was all booked up for August, but then my darling cat Billie got cancer and I…

A Bee, Today

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

My blog lately came to a halt, first because of the aftermath of my beloved cat Billie's death (at the end of July); and then because of the weather.

It's been so…


Meditating on Meditation, Meditating on Writing

Posted on June 2, 2011 at 4:07pm 2 Comments

As you can see, gentle readers, my blog has been desolate and neglected for a while, and so has been my writing life in general. There are reasons for this, though they may not be good ones: firstly it is hard to keep up the motivation when you experience only rejections for a long time. Secondly, my personal life has been a twist in the wind, what with the house renovation still looming large and causing marital strife, stress, ill health, and financial loss. It is a burden I have had to…


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At 8:07pm on October 15, 2010, Christina Brandon said…
Hi Amalia! Thanks for friending me. Looking forward to getting to know you in the future!
At 11:13pm on October 14, 2010, Anjuelle Floyd said…
So glad you've joined ”Why Do You Write & What Is Your Process?”
We have a wonderful group of members. I encourage you to read their profiles and visit my blog that lists the essays members have offered in answering the question that is the name of our group.
I encourage you to consider submitting an essay where you answer the question.
This is a great way to introduce yourself and a good promotional opportunity.
I also post the essay and picture (yours) on my personal blog.
To be featured forward your essay and picture to:
Again, I am glad to have you joined us and hope your time here will provide encouragement and helpful information about writing, publishing and all that good stuff.
Take care.

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The author's job is to cultivate and nurture her or his imagination and that of others.

At 5:38am on October 13, 2010, Editors Picks said…
Hey Amalia,
You post has been selected for this week's Editor's Picks!
Check it out here.
Keep writing!
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