Amy Wilentz

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Amy Wilentz
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OccupationWriter, journalist
Notable worksFarewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti, I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger
Notable awardsNational Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography)
2013 Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti
SpouseNicholas Goldberg
RelativesDavid T. Wilentz (grandfather)

Amy Wilentz is an American journalist and writer. She is a Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, where she teaches in the Literary Journalism program.[1] Wilentz was Jerusalem correspondent for The New Yorker, and is a contributing editor at The Nation.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Wilentz was raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.[3] She is the daughter of Robert Wilentz and Jacqueline Malino Wilentz. 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, best known for prosecuting Bruno Hauptmann in the Lindbergh kidnapping trial.[4] She attended Harvard for undergraduate study in 1976, and spent a year after graduation on a Harvard/Radcliffe fellowship at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France.[5]


Wilentz's first jobs in journalism were for The Nation, 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 to the 2010 earthquake and the death of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 2014.[citation needed]

Her works have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Time, The New Republic, Mother Jones,[6] Harper's,[7] Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler,[8] Travel & Leisure, San Francisco Chronicle, More, The Village Voice,[9] The London Review of Books, and The Huffington Post.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Wilentz is married to Nicholas Goldberg, opinion editor of The Los Angeles Times.[11]




  • Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-451-64397-8. [15]
  • 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.



  1. ^ "UC Irvine - Faculty Profile System". University of California, Irvine. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  2. ^ "Authors". The Nation. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  3. ^ Jacobs, Alexandra. "California Girl", The New York Times, September 3, 2006. Accessed January 16, 2018. "A few years ago, Amy Wilentz’s husband got a job offer from The Los Angeles Times and she agreed, ambivalently, to move from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to the West Coast with their three sons and dog. Raised in gritty Perth Amboy, N.J., Wilentz is an accomplished journalist who has corresponded from Jerusalem for The New Yorker and written a book about Haiti."
  4. ^ Fowler, Glen (July 7, 1988). "Prosecutor in Linbergh kidnapping is dead". NYTimes. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Alumnius ecole normale".
  6. ^ "Amy Wilentz". Mother Jones. 2003-03-19. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  7. ^ Terrell, Whitney. "Amy Wilentz | Harper's Magazine". Harpers. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  8. ^ "Love and Haiti : Condé Nast Traveler". 2013-02-02. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  9. ^ Richard Goldstein (2002-05-28). "Never Again?". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  10. ^ Wilentz, Amy. "Amy Wilentz". The Huffington Post.
  11. ^ "Editorial staff LATimes". LATimes.
  12. ^ Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Publishing. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  13. ^ "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  14. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Announces Award Winners for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. March 13, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  15. ^ 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.

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