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Amy Dawes writes about movies, music, popular culture and the city of Los Angeles. Currently a free-lance journalist, she is the former editor of Creative Screenwriting Magazine.  She has also worked on staff at publications such as Daily Variety, The Los Angeles Daily News, and the L.A. Herald-Examiner. She is a contributing writer at Emmy Magazine and the Director’s Guild Quarterly. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, Buzz magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone, Santa Fe and other publications.

Over the course of eight years at Daily Variety in Los Angeles, Amy worked as a reporter covering film studios and the independent film scene and wrote film, music and theater reviews. She covered events like the Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Awrds, and reported and reviewed from film festivals at Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, AFI, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Maui, and others. Most recently, she was a senior editor for features sections, assigning as well as writing stories on topics ranging from film industry events and awards season contenders to Los Angeles real estate and architecture.

As a staff entertainment writer at the Los Angeles Daily News, Amy generated cover stories for the weekend section and wrote features, profiles, interviews, trend stories, and film reviews. Talents she has interviewed include Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Anthony Hopkins, Ron Shelton, Will Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Randy Newman and many others.

Her book “Sunset Boulevard: Cruising The Heart of Los Angeles,” published in 2002 by Los Angeles Times Books, became a Southern California bestseller. Lively and well-researched, it explains the unique character and history of each neighborhood along that remarkable street, from downtown to the ocean, describing the landmarks, lore and pop culture associated with each. Before that, Amy consulted on and wrote the text for the coffee-table book “Imagining Los Angeles: Photographs Of A Twentieth Century City,” also published by Los Angeles Times Books, and prior to that, served as an editor and contributing writer on another L.A.Times Books project, “L.A. Unconventional: The Men And Women Who Did L.A.Their Way,” by Cecilia Rasmussen.

Her formal education includes a Masters Degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, a B.A. in journalism from Auburn University, and many classes at UCLA Extension.