AMY ROOST CREATIVE
Together, we can change the world.
AMY'S RECENT BYLINES AND MENTIONS
ABORTION ISN'T AWAYS A SIMPLE CASE OF WANTING OR NOT WANTING A BABY
Pulp Magazine, August 2019
It’s 1989. I’m 26, 19 weeks pregnant, and I really need to pee.
The technician calls my name and I follow her to the examining room where I undress and slip under the cold white sheet on the examining table. After some discussion about morning sickness, she applies a gel to the wand and places it on my small baby mound. She gently presses the wand over my full bladder. I feel a slight release of warm urine between my legs.She presses the wand a little harder, then takes another pass around my mound before returning it to its cradle and telling me, “Wait here, I’ll be right back.”
“Is everything okay?” I ask.
A MOTHER'S PRAYER
Guideposts September 2019
I walked alongside the gurney, gripping my 22-year-old son’s hand. The orderly stopped me at the operating room doors. “This is as far as you can go,” she said. I leaned over and kissed Spencer’s forehead. “I love you, Spoon.”
“I love you too,” he whispered back. I watched helplessly as he was wheeled away from me. Would I ever see my boy alive again?
SERVING AS A CAREGIVER
Watch Amy describe her experience as a caregiver for her son while he spent two months in ICU.
THE ADOPTED BLACK BABY, AND THE WHITE ONE WHO REPLACED HER
She grew up a tomboy in suburban Chicago, a fan of Hot Wheels, baseball cards and Blackhawks hockey. So when her two brothers tossed a football in the family’s half-acre backyard one day, Amy insisted on playing. They said no, she begged, and one of them whipped the ball at her so hard that it sent her to the ground in tears.
HOST OF HAZARD
Amy is the host of the podcast series, Hazard, coming soon to Critical Frequency Network. Hazard illuminates the environmental realities that impact marginalized people in underserved communities. Specifically, Hazard focuses on the harmful effects of the potent neurotoxin chlorpyrifos that is sprayed on over 800,000 acres of crops (and nearby residents) in California’s Central Valley.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.