Amy Wilentz (born September 1, 1954) is an American journalist and writer.
Amy Wilentz was raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and New York City. She went to Harvard for undergraduate study (1976) and spent a year after that on a Harvard/Radcliffe fellowship at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Her first jobs in journalism were for The Nation magazine, Newsday, and Time. She also worked for Ben Sonnenberg's literary periodical Grand Street, in its first years. She has followed events in Haiti for many years, from the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986 through the earthquake in 2010.
She is the daughter of Robert N. Wilentz and Jacqueline Malino Wilentz (December 15, 1927 – March 29, 1989). Her father was Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1979 to 1996; her mother was a painter. She is the granddaughter of David T. Wilentz who was the Attorney General of New Jersey from 1934 to 1944.
She is a Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, where she teaches in the Literary Journalism program. She is married to Nicholas Goldberg, opinion editor of the Los Angeles Times.
Her works have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, The New Republic, Mother Jones, Harper’s, Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, The San Francisco Chronicle, More, The Village Voice, The London Review of Books, Huffington Post. She was Jerusalem correspondent of The New Yorker, and is currently a contributing editor at The Nation.
- 1990 Whiting Writers' Award
- 1990 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction for The Rainy Season
- 2000 Rosenthal Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters for Martyrs' Crossing
- 1990 nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
- 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography) shortlist for Farewell, Fred Voodoo
- Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-451-64397-8. 
- I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger. Simon and Schuster. 2006. ISBN 978-0-7432-6439-6.
- Martyrs' Crossing. Simon & Schuster. 2001. ISBN 978-0-684-85436-6.
- The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier. Simon and Schuster. 1989. ISBN 978-0-671-64186-3.
- Richard Stengel, ed. (2010). Haiti: Tragedy and Hope. Contributor Amy Wilentz. TIME Books. ISBN 978-1-60320-163-6.
- Susan Morrison, ed. (2008). Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Reflections by Women Writers. Contributor Amy Wilentz. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-145593-3.
- Jean-Bertrand Aristide (1990). In the parish of the poor: writings from Haiti. Translator Amy Wilentz. Orbis Books. ISBN 978-0-88344-682-9.
- Anne Fuller, Amy Wilentz (1991). Return to the Darkest Days: Human Rights in Haiti Since the Coup. Human Rights Watch. ISBN 978-1-56432-054-4.
- "UC Irvine - Faculty Profile System". Faculty.uci.edu. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- "Amy Wilentz". Mother Jones. 2003-03-19. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- Terrell, Whitney. "Amy Wilentz | Harper's Magazine". Harpers.org. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- "Love and Haiti : Condé Nast Traveler". Concierge.com. 2013-02-02. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- Richard Goldstein (2002-05-28). "Never Again? - Page 1 - News - New York". Village Voice. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- Wilentz, Amy. "Amy Wilentz". Huffington Post.
- A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. "Authors". The Nation. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Publishing. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
- Admin (January 14, 2014). "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
- Ben Fountain (January 18, 2013). "A World of Its Own ‘Farewell, Fred Voodoo,’ by Amy Wilentz". The New York Times. "“There’s always hope, whatever that means,” Wilentz sarcastically comments as she deconstructs a coffee-table book of earthquake photos. Hope’s not a given, not in a place as hard as Haiti. Hope is a grind. Hope is a work in progress, emphasis on work. For hope to be real, for it to be more than a feel-good cliché, it has to be earned. That is just one of the many valuable lessons to be found in this intimate, honest, bracingly unsentimental book."
- Author's website
- Faculty page at UC Irvine
- Author's Facebook page
- "Review: MARTYRS' CROSSING", Book Reporter
- "Love and Haiti by Amy Wilentz", Repeating Islands, August 19, 2009
- "Amy Wilentz", Charlie Rose
- "'The Exile's Return': A Profile of Benazir Bhutto", The Washington Post, December 28, 2007
- "California Girl", The New York Times, September 3, 2006