Amy Crider

Playwright and Novelist

Literary event with my poet sister Joan Baranow! See here.


Amy Crider is a playwright and novelist.



Disorder, a murder mystery, won the University of New Orleans Press Lab Prize. It is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop, and can be ordered at your local bookstore. It is also available for Kindle, and the audio book is read by Obie award-winning actress Mia Barron.

Reviews for Disorder:

Publishers Weekly: "The ingenious plot will keep the reader guessing. Psychological thriller fans will want to check this out."

Foreword Reviews: "Tender and tortured in equal measure, Amy Crider's Disorder is a mystery that gradually reveals itself to be a perceptive character study." 5 stars

"Honest and riveting." Sara Paretsky, creator of V. I. Warshawski.

Amy's historical novel about The Book of Kells will be published in 2023. You can currently listen to an audio version on my podcast.


Please visit the "Plays" page for a complete list of my works.

My drama podcast is here: Continuous Dream, or if you prefer Apple Podcasts, here.

My YouTube channel is here.

Metadata had its world premiere in 2021. Here's a video of the play. Clubbed Thumb Theatre said of it: "It's at once a rivetingly paranoid, gently Kafka-esque fable for the digital age, and a very grounded, lovingly-observed portrait of a fraying relationship."

Fourteen won the Tennessee Williams One Act Play Contest. It can be viewed here. Judge Peter Hagan said, "It's very moving... it's sweet... I laughed out loud... Amy Crider is a real playwright."

Born in Ohio in 1961 and raised in rural upstate New York, Amy Crider earned a BA in theater from Goddard College, then an MA in education, and didn't return to theater again until 2008, with the writing program at Second City. She spent ten years with Chicago Dramatists, capping her studies in their first Master Class.

"The priest doesn't save you by his sermon. He saves you because water is turned into wine and wine is turned into blood. You are saved through wonder. Theater is that kind of wonder."