Amorak was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., and grew up in a small town outside Birmingham, Ala. After 15 years as a reporter and editor, he left the newspaper business in 2008. He is now an assistant professor of writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Amorak holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Western Michigan University. His poetry appears in anthologies such as The Best American Poetry 2012; The Poetry of Sex; Poetry in Michigan, Michigan in Poetry; and Poet’s Market 2014, as well as numerous print and online journals. His chapbook The Insomniac Circus is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press.
During his newspaper career, Amorak worked in a variety of roles for the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat; the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky.; The News-Enterprise of Hardin County, Ky.; the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader; and The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press, where he was assistant sports editor.
Personal interests include (but are not limited to) Auburn football, college football, the L.A. Dodgers, fantasy football and the NFL in general, poker, movies, Strat-o-Matic baseball, watching television, music, mystery/thriller/detective/police procedural novels.
Professional, academic and scholarly interests include (but are not limited to) writing, editing, poetry, fiction, genre fiction, writing pedagogy, journalism, the future of newspapers, sports media, literary journals.