Trained as a social worker, Bloom has practiced psychotherapy. Currently, Bloom is the Kim-Frank Family University Writer in Residence at Wesleyan University (effective July 1, 2010). Previously, she was a senior lecturer of Creative Writing in the department of English at Yale University, where she repeatedly taught Advanced Fiction Writing, Writing for Television, and Writing for Children.
She has been nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In addition to novels, Bloom has written articles in periodicals including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Slate, and Salon.com. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories and several other anthologies, and has won a National Magazine Award. In 2010, Amazon featured a page from a collection of Bloom's short stories in an ad showing the screen of a Kindle being read at the beach.
Having trained as a clinical social worker at the Smith College School for Social Work, her understanding of psychotherapy played a role in her creation of the Lifetime Television network TV show, State of Mind, which takes a look at the professional lives of psychotherapists. Bloom is listed as creator, a co-executive producer, and head writer for the series.
In August 2012, Bloom published her first children's book entitled Little Sweet Potato (Harper Collins). According to The New York Times, the story "follows the trials of a 'lumpy, dumpy, bumpy' young tuber who is accidentally expelled from his garden patch and must find a new home. On his journey, he is castigated first by a bunch of xenophobic carrots, then by a menacing gang of vain eggplants."
Bloom resides in Connecticut.
- Come to Me: Stories (1993) (short stories)
- Love Invents Us (1997) (novel)
- A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You: Stories (2000) (short stories)
- The Story (2006) (short stories)
- Away (2007) (novel)
- Where the God of Love Hangs Out (2009) (short stories)
- Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Cross-dressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude (2002) (Psychology)
Screenplays, teleplays and television shows
- State of Mind (2007)
- Holder, Bill. "Bloom '75 Named to New Writer-in-Residence Position", The Wesleyan Connection, April 21, 2010.
- Yale Bulletin & Calendar, February 23, 2007.
- Cies, Alison. "Critically Acclaimed Author Amy Bloom '75 To Join Wesleyan Faculty", The Wesleyan Argus, April 16, 2010.
- "Amy Bloom". California Lectures. 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- "Amy Bloom Responds: It's MY Book in that Kindle ad". Archived from the original on 13 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
- "State of Mind: About...Amy Bloom".[dead link]
- Amy Bloom at IMDb
- Venturing Into the Realm of Children, The New York Times. Arts, Connecticut. By Tammy La Gorce. Published 20 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "Speaking of Stories: Amy Bloom".[dead link]
- Amy Bloom's Official Site
- Identity Theory Interview: Amy Bloom
- New York State Writer's Institute: Amy Bloom
- Amy Bloom Faculty Biography at Yale University
- Speaking of Stories: Amy Bloom
- Amy Bloom radio interview by Richard Wolinsky on KPFA-FM (October 11, 2007)
- "A Portion of Your Loveliness" a short story, Narrative Magazine (Winter 2007).