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Amanda is a writer, mother, and development director living in Colorado by way of Arkansas, Texas, Illinois, Alabama, D.C., the Netherlands, Turkey, Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, and Spain. She is a contributing editor to Fiction Unbound, a University of Arkansas alum, a member of the Lighthouse Writers Workshops, and a Tin House workshop participant. Amanda is the recipient of The Missouri Review’s 2018 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in fiction.

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Amanda shares home with her husband and daughter. She is an army brat. She attended the George Washington University and the University of Arkansas, receiving her B.A. in English and M.A. in teaching. She taught high school literature before moving into nonprofit program management and development. She's a contributing editor to Fiction Unbound and a writer. You’ll know her house by the mammoth sunflowers in the yard.

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Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.
— Oliver Sacks
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Amanda is the recipient of The Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in short fiction. Her debut short story will be published in their spring 2019 issue.

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Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
— Terry Pratchett
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Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.
— Loren Eisley
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Amanda is a native Arkansan by way of Little Rock, Fayetteville, Pine Bluff, and Prescott. In Colorado, she loves to camp, hike, and watch for steller's jays at altitude. Amanda is a member of Lighthouse Writers Workshops, a Book Project graduate and Lit Fest Master Class alum. She attended the Tin House Winter Workshop in 2019.

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Amanda is a contributing editor to Fiction Unbound and the development director for a nonprofit serving children and families.

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