Amy Rogers is an award-winning writer, editor and independent press publisher. Books she has written include Hungry for Home: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas and Red Pepper Fudge and Blue Ribbon Biscuits.
She is a founder and the past publisher of Novello Festival Press, the only library-sponsored literary publisher in the nation. With titles in literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from emerging and established writers, during Rogers’ ten-year tenure, NFP put more than 300 writers into print, many for the first time.
Rogers is a frequent food and culture commentator for National Public Radio station WFAE, and for the station’s online magazine, WFAEats. Her work was included in Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing, and she is an active member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and Slow Food USA. Her profile of North Carolina author Lee Smith was included in The North Carolina Century: Tar Heels Who Made a Difference, 1900-2000. Both books were published by University of North Carolina Press.
In 2011 Rogers was awarded at Central Piedmont Community College the Irene Blair Honeycutt Legacy Award for outstanding service in support of local and regional writers.
She has been selected to participate in the North Carolina Touring Artists program, sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council.
In 2004, she was named winner of the SELA President’s Award, given by the Southeast Library Association in recognition of the person outside the library profession who has done the most for libraries.
In 2003, Rogers was elected to the board of directors of the Publishers’ Association of the South (PAS). In 2005, she was elected vice-president of that organization.
In 2002, she was the recipient of a Creative Artist Fellowship from the Arts and Science Council, and was the first person to receive the award for non-fiction writing. She was chosen a 2001 Writer in Residence at the non-profit Wildacres Center and each year since then has served on the Artist Residency selection committee for the organization.
Her reporting for Creative Loafing, an alternative news-weekly, has won multiple awards from the N.C. Working Press Association. Rogers’ work has appeared in numerous other publications, including the Charlotte Observer, design magazine American Bungalow and literary magazine the Oxford American.
Rogers is co-author of The Black America Series: Charlotte, Seasons of Charlotte and Charlotte: Its Historic Neighborhoods, now in its fifth printing. She was a contributing editor to the multi-media projects An African American Album, Vol. II, and The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story, both sponsored by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is co-editor of the literary anthologies No Hiding Place: Uncovering the Legacy of Charlotte-Area Writers, and Novello: Ten Years of Great American Writing, which was a finalist for a national Independent Publisher Book Award.
She has been a speaker and workshop presenter at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Tennessee; the North Carolina Literary Festival; the South Carolina Book Festival; the Southern Voices Symposium in Birmingham, Alabama; the Hub City Writers Project in Spartanburg, S.C.; the Novello Festival of Reading, and the Central Piedmont Community College Literary Festival. Rogers has led numerous educational and outreach programs in schools, colleges, arts centers, local and regional libraries, and with incarcerated populations.
Her additional volunteer activities include Big Brothers Big Sisters, the National Transplant Assistance Fund, and serving on committees for the Central Piedmont Community College Literary Festival and the North Carolina Writers’ Network. She has also served on the board of directors for the women’s lifestyle magazine Skirt! and the Second Ward High School National Alumni Foundation, a non-profit advocacy group that works to document the African-American history of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, she studied writing at Queens College (now Queens University). She currently divides her time between Florida and North Carolina.