Amber Keyser

Amber Keyser

Amber Keyser’s recent anthology, THE V-WORD (Beyond Words/Simon Pulse, 2016), about women’s first time sexual experiences, was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 50 books for teens in 2016 and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Her debut novel THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN (Carolrhoda Lab), published to acclaim in 2015. Kirkus Reviews wrote of the book, “A quiet and memorable story of how paddling in the wilderness forces two unlikely friends to face their grief and embrace their power.” Amber’s powerful YA follow up, POINTE, CLAW, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly: “Keyser’s writing shimmers with raw emotion and empathy, and her finale, much like in dance, is poetic, bittersweet, and life affirming.” POINTE, CLAW publishes with Carolrhoda in spring 2017. Amber is also working on the forthcoming nonfiction UNDRESSED: A HISTORY OF WOMEN’S LINGERIE, coming spring 2018 from Twenty First Century Books. Her other books include SNEAKER CENTURY: A HISTORY OF ATHLETIC SHOES (Twenty-First Century Books, 2015),THE BASICS OF CELL LIFE WITH MAX AXIOM (Capstone Press, 2010), DECODING GENES WITH MAX AXIOM (Capstone Press, 2010), ANATOMY OF A PANDEMIC (Capstone Press, 2011), and AN ALGONQUIN HEART SONG: PADDLE MY OWN CANOE (Friends of Algonquin Park, 2007).

Amber is a former ballerina with a masters degree in zoology and a doctorate in genetics; she lives in Portland, Oregon. She is also the co-author of the middle grade series QUARTZ CREEK RANCH with Kiersi Burkhart. For more about Amber please visit her website at http://amberjkeyser.com/ or on Twitter at @amberjkeyser.   

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

Pointe, Claw (Carolrhoda Lab, 2017)
KATheV-WordBannerCov The V-Word (Beyond Words, 2016)
KAWayBackFromBrokenCovThe Way Back From Broken (Carolrhoda, 2015)