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Amber Keyser

Bend, OR
Amber J. Keyser is an activist, aerialist, and writer. 

Trained as an evolutionary biologist, Amber has MS in zoology and a PhD in genetics, and also a former ballerina, Amber cares deeply about the intersection of art and science and the way these disciplines unlock how the world works. She works as the Strategic Storyteller for the Dog Aging Project, the largest canine health study in the world. 

Her books range from intense literary novels to incisive, feminist nonfiction. Her most recent novels include Pointe, Claw (Carolrhoda Lab, 2017) and The Way Back from Broken, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her most recent nonfiction titles include No More Excuses: Dismantling Rape Culture (Twenty-First Century Books, 2019) and The V-Word: True Stories of First-Time Sex (Beyond Words/SimonTeen, 2016). Her books have been recognized on the New York Public Library 50 Best Books for Teens, Chicago Public Library Best Nonfiction for Teens, ALA Rainbow List, and Amelia Bloomer List, among other honors. 

Amber grew up in Portland and currently lives in Central Oregon with a dog who looks like a Muppet.