About the Author
Punchy O’Guts is a mother, writer, skater, and derby coach who joined Maine Roller Derby six months after it was founded in March of 2006. One of the league’s pioneers, she skated competitively on the WFTDA-sanctioned all-star team (The Port Authorities), and has worked just about every position imaginable: league coach, event coordinator, marketing director, interleague liaison, sponsorship, webmaster, WFTDA rep, all-star team captain, and a member of the board of directors. She travels to leagues to guest coach and openly helps leagues and skaters with questions about skills, rules, running a derby league, or whatever the present issue might be. She's dedicated to the growth of the sport of roller derby and passionately offers her expertise and knowledge to anyone who needs it. Punchy earned a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts at Penn State University and an MFA in Creative Writing at the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. She grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania and moved to Portland, Maine in 2004 to pursue a career in journalism. Punchy wrote as a professional journalist (under her name Amy Martin) for more than five years for the Portland Phoenix, Face Magazine, Maine Switch, Portland Press Herald and Maine Today. She specialized in writing about local entertainment (music and theater), and left journalism to pursue a writing career that allowed her the freedom to write without limitation.