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          Amy McCullough

          Amy McCullough

          Assistant Director of Communications

          Animal, mineral or vegetable, one of the first things Amy asks is, “Where are you from?” She’s pretty obsessed with the concept of place and what makes it — including plants. An Illinois native, she grew up dissecting roadside milkweed pods, climbing maple trees to release “helicopters” (samaras) from high branches, flicking puffball fungi in the woods and shaking catalpa “beans” like maracas. An Austin transplant by way of Oregon, her list of place-making plants now includes?Douglas fir, Pacific madrone and western swordfern right along with crossvine, prickly pear and Texas mountain laurel.

          A former music writer, Amy hung up her headphones in 2008?and left Portland on a 27-foot sailboat bound for the?Sea of Cortez.?She and her partner (neither of whom had any sailing experience) spent a year sailing the west coasts of Oregon, California and Baja, ending in La Paz, Baja California Sur. Though she’d always been a nature lover, Amy’s time?at sea intensified that?connection — and sparked?her ongoing fascination with birds (not to mention a penchant for collecting National Audubon Society Field Guides). Amy wrote?adventure memoir “The Box Wine Sailors” (2015, Chicago Review Press) about the?experience. In addition to serving as?music editor for Willamette Week (Portland’s Pulitzer Prize–winning alt-weekly newspaper), she?has also written for SAIL magazine, Edible Austin, Eugene Weekly, Fiction Attic, Loyola magazine and Finder (a newcomer’s guide to Portland).

          Amy holds a bachelor’s in English from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s in geography from The University of Texas at Austin. She joined the Wildflower Center in 2016 and contributes content, editorial direction and eagle eyes to the Center’s online and print publications, including Wildflower magazine. When she’s not catching typos, writing features and doctoring stories, Amy?enjoys making no-budget films with?her partner; their movies have screened?in association with the Austin Film Festival, WIPE amateur film festival, Zed Fest and McMenamins.

          Connect with Amy?on LinkedIn.

          OTHER INTERESTS

          Walking, reading, eating and cooking, music and movies, traveling, riding her bike, spending time outdoors

          FAVORITE PLANTS

          Northern catalpa, evening star rain lily,?Mexican hat, bald cypress, mosses and fungi

          CONTACT?AMY

          [email protected]
          512.232.0112

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