AMY BILLONE is a scholar and a poet who has published widely in both academic and creative journals and books. She holds a B.A. in General Studies in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.
Billone’s book The Future of the Nineteenth-Century Dream-Child: Fantasy, Dystopia, Cyberculture is forthcoming with Routledge’s Children’s Literature and Culture Series (2016). Her book Little Songs: Women, Silence, and the Nineteenth-Century Sonnet (2007) is informed by her unique perspective as a woman poet. As the only extended study of nineteenth-century female sonneteers, Little Songs sheds light on the overwhelming impact that silence makes, not only on British women’s poetry, but also on the development of modern poetry and thought. She also wrote the Introduction and Notes for the Barnes and Noble Classics edition of Peter Pan (2005).
Her recent poetry collection The Light Changes (2013) earned a Starred Kirkus Review and was chosen by Kirkus as one of the Best Books of 2013. The book won the IndieReader Discovery Award in Poetry in 2014. The Light Changes invokes the biographical and creative worlds of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf as it opens up pathways toward light even in the most unimaginable darkness of our personal experiences and the times we inhabit today.
Currently an Associate Professor of English at the University of Tennessee, Billone teaches courses on 19th Century Literature, Children’s and Young Adult Literature and World Literature. Her areas of expertise include Romanticism, Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Victorian Poetry, Gothic Studies, Creative Writing, Women Writers and Continental Poetry. She lives with her two sons in Knoxville, Tennessee.