Amy Shea is an essayist with a PhD and MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow, where she wrote her doctoral dissertation, a creative nonfiction work titled, "Not All Deaths are Created Equal." Multiple pieces from her book have been published in The Missouri Review, Portland Review, and The Massachusetts Review. Other writing has appeared in Spry Literary Journal, Fat City Review, From Glasgow to Saturn, End of Life Studies Group Blog and the Journal of Sociology of Health & Illness. She works as the Writing Program Coordinator for Mount Tamalpais College, a free community college for the incarcerated people of San Quentin. This essay will appear in the forthcoming book Next: Visions Toward a Less-Divided America, a Pangyrus publication.