Bio

Dr. Amber J. Keyser has a PhD from the University of Georgia and is the author of fifteen books for tweens and teens. She has significant expertise in sex-positive and consent-focused sex education, rape culture and the #MeToo movement, and the commodification of the female body in history, fashion, and media.

Keyser has written five critically-acclaimed books on these topics. THE V-WORD: TRUE STORIES OF FIRST-TIME SEX (Beyond Words/SimonTeen, 2016) is a nonfiction, YA anthology. Honors for this book include multiple starred reviews and New York Public Library 50 Best Books for Teens 2016, Chicago Public Library Best Nonfiction for Teens 2016, ALA Rainbow List 2017, ALA Reluctant Reader List 2017, and The Amelia Bloomer List 2017.

NO MORE EXCUSES: DISMANTLING RAPE CULTURE (Twenty-First Century Books, 2019), a deep dive into the #MeToo movement, dissects the beliefs, behaviors, and cultural norms that excuse and normalize male sexual aggression and violence. This title is a Junior Library Guild selection and received a starred review from School Library Journal. Related titles, also written through the lens of intersectional feminism, include UNDERNEATH IT ALL: A HISTORY OF WOMEN'S UNDERWEAR (2018) and TYING THE KNOT: A WORLD HISTORY OF MARRIAGE (2018).

Keyser’s novel POINTE, CLAW (Carolrhoda Lab, 2017) is an explosive story about two girls claiming the territory of their own bodies in the face of men who want to use and control them. It received multiple starred reviews and was featured in Horn Book Love Stories for Pride Month and Booklist’s Top Ten Arts Books for Youth 2017.

Keyser appeared on the main stage at the Portland Book Festival as part of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Female Power Hour. She was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her work has been featured in many print publications, including the Alaska Beyond inflight magazine.

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