Amelia and her petting zoo

Whose words are you drinking?

Amelia Sauter is a therapist, writer, cartoonist, brewery and bakery owner, former martini lounge owner, consultant, and musician living with her dynamic wife and their anxious rescue mutt and their simple-minded dog and their needy old cat near Ithaca, NY. Yes, she really does all those things, and yes, there have been times she thought she might lose her mind (she hasn’t yet).

Amelia worked in the social work field for seventeen years before opening a cocktail lounge and throwing herself into the chaotic life of a business owner. She recently re-entered the social work field and will be opening a private practice in Trumansburg, NY in 2019, specializing in adolescence, young adulthood, women’s issues, mindfulness, anxiety, health issues, and end-of-life care.

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 in Greetings from Janeland: Women Write More About Leaving Men for Women (Cleis Press, 2017). She has a piece 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 and her wife have a couple of neglected blogs, one about her wife’s cancer and the other about their teardrop trailer adventures (www.alligatorteardrop.com).

Amelia decided penning her memoir (Small Town, Big Cocktails) was like posting a narcisstic duckface selfie on Facebook 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 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.

In the meantime, enjoy this blog.

You can contact Amelia at:   ameliasauter@gmail.com.

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

An interview with Amelia on OUT OF BOUNDS radio show with Tish Pearlman:


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