Bio

Amber Tamblyn was born and raised in Venice, California and is a 3rd generation Californian.  She has been a writer and actress since the age of 9. She has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film.  In 2007 she won the Locarno Film Festival award for Best Actress for her work in the film “Stephanie Daley”, in which she starred opposite Tilda Swinton.  She most recently appeared in FOX’s television show “HOUSE” and in Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed film, “127 Hours” opposite James Franco.  She will next appear in Horton Foote’s “Main Street” opposite Colin Firth.  Amber is probably most recognized for her work as Joan on the CBS television program “Joan of Arcadia.”

Amber’s first published poem  “Kill Me So Much” appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle when she was 12, having been submitted by her writing mentor Jack Hirschman (Poet Laureate of San Francisco 2009).   In the years that followed, Amber self published two collections of poetry, art and photography entitled Plenty Of Ships and Of The Dawn.  She collaborated with Semina Culture artist George Herms to create a limited edition book of collage and haiku dedicated to Jazz Musician Thelonious Monk entitled, The Lonliest.  In 2005 Simon & Schuster published her debut collection of poetry Free Stallion which was written over more than a decade.  Lawrence Ferlinghetti called the book, “A fine, fruitful gestation of throbbingly nascent sexuality, awakened in young new language”.  The book won the Borders Book Choice Award for Breakout Writing in 2006.  Her work has since been published in New York Quarterly, San Francisco Chronicle, Poets & Writers, Pank Magazine, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan,  Interview and others.  She is the Executive Producer of “The Drums Inside Your Chest”,  an annual poetry concert that showcases outstanding contemporary poets (Thedrumsinsideyourchest.com).  She is the co-founder of the nonprofit Write Now Poetry Society which works to build an audience for unique poetry events (Writenowpoets.org) Her second book of poetry and prose Bang Ditto (Manic D. Press) was published in the Fall of 2009 and was an Independent Best Seller.  She currently writes for The Poetry Foundation and is a poetry reviewer for Bust Magazine. Currently, she is working on a collection of persona poems accompanied with paintings by Marilyn Manson about child star actresses who grew up into virtual unknowns and died young.  She lives in New York City with her betrothed, comedian David Cross.