Amy Lam


Amy Lam is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon and Oxford, Mississippi. She is a Kundiman fellow and the John & Renee Grisham fellow at the University of Mississippi where she is an MFA candidate. She is a contributing editor and cohost of Backtalk podcast at Bitch Media, the editorial assistant at diaCRITICS, and the former editorial lead at On She Goes exploring the world of women of color and travel.


Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Get a good knife.

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: My mother's catfish soup, a veggie dish of her choice, and cilantro over white rice sprinkled with Maggi.

Favorite food: Salt.

Recommended reading: "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay, read all of the poems out loud to yourself.

Best meals: Anything found in San Gabriel Valley.

Food you'd like to try: What my parents ate when they were children.