Amy Berkowitz

Tender Points

is a narrative fractured by trauma. Named after the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, the book-length lyric essay explores sexual violence, gendered illness, chronic pain, and patriarchy through the lenses of lived experience and pop culture (Twin Peaks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, noise music, etc.).


Tender Points is available from Timeless, Infinite Light and Small Press Distribution, and now as an e-book from Emily Books. Interested in teaching Tender Points? Check out the teaching guide. Also works nicely as a book group guide. 


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  • Listen to an excerpt recorded at Quiet Lightning in San Francisco.
  • Read an excerpt on the VIDA blog.
  • Read my thoughts on writing about gender and illness on the Uprooted Anthology website.
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