Whose words are you drinking?
Amelia Sauter is a writer, cartoonist, martini lounge owner, and musician living with her dynamic partner and their simple-minded dog
and their needy old cat near Ithaca, NY. Yes, she really does all those things, and yes, it pretty much makes her crazy.
Amelia has been published as a humor columnist, cartoonist, and feature writer for the The Ithaca Post. Back in the old days when newspapers thrived, she wrote a regular cocktail column for the Ithaca Journal. Currently she shares her cocktail and culinary adventures in Edible Finger Lakes and Finger Lakes Wine Gazette, and freelances with an occasional food or drink-related assignment.
She is published in the anthology Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men For Women (Seal Press, 2010). A segment from her graphic memoir/comic, “As The Girl Turns,” was included in the anthology Here Come The Brides (Seal Press, 2012). She is also published under a pseudonym in a respected literary journal, but since it’s an anonymous piece, she can’t tell you which journal so you’ll just have to believe her.
Amelia decided penning her memoir (Small Town, Big Cocktails) was like posting a narcisstic duckface selfie on Facebook over and over again so she put the project on hold. It was going to be about leaving a stable social work career to open a wild cocktail lounge, when she didn’t even know how the heck to make a gin and tonic. Instead, she’s drinking those gin and tonics and has generated 48,000 words of her first novel, In the Weeds, about a gay teenage girl who finds herself competing with her best friend for the girl of her dreams. Stay tuned, because dang it, she’s going to finish writing that thing even if it kills her. Pass the gin.
You can email Amelia at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviews of Amelia’s essay in Dear John, I Love Jane:
“Sauter’s writing is a delicious mixture of humor and insight – one part Dave Barry and one part David Sedaris – with a distinctive voice all her own. ‘Falling for Leah,’ Sauter’s contribution to Dear John, I Love Jane is a spellbinding tale, even if you happen to know the happy outcome.” – Luke Z. Fenchel, The Ithaca Times
“I would feel biased in saying that local celebrity and fellow Ithaca Post contributor Amelia Sauter is the standout in the group, if it weren’t for the fact that much of the publicity surrounding the book and Dr. Lisa Diamond, the author of Sexual Fluidity who provides the book’s introduction, seem to agree with me. Many of the prize quotes pulled from the text by Dr. Diamond are from Ms. Sauter’s essay, and with good reason. In the manner of some of the best memoirists, Sauter manages to mix a compelling level of detail with deft insight and a command of language. Heartbreaking sentences like “I was in love, and I was terribly lonely” are personal enough to give the reader a strong sense of the narrator, but resonate at a shared level by leaving the reader space to insert their own experiences. It is precisely within a sentence like this that identification and empathy between reader and writer are cemented.” – Bob Proehl, The Ithaca Post