Amy Upham is an Asheville, NC based poet/singer-songwriter and playwright. She has her BA in English/Creative Writing from SUNY Geneseo and has earned her keep for the past 12 years as an advocate for those with disabilities. Her work can be found in Poetic Diversity, The WNY Anti-War Anthology, SUNY Geneseo’s English Annual and in the library at the University of Buffalo, which houses her first chapbook, Upon the Burning of Coffee &. She has poetry forthcoming in Slipstream’s 2015 summer edition. Most of Amy‘s writing life has been focused towards performance and directing. She co-led ice 9, a Buffalo based performance poetry troupe, for several of the millennium years, and in summer of 2013 directed her first full length play, Shelter, for Buffalo’s Infringement Festival. She has just self-published her first book, a creative nonfiction memoir called Losing.