Amanda Boldenow (pen name & pronunciation Baldeneaux) is a writer living in Colorado. She writes fundraising and marketing materials professionally, and occasionally builds websites. She blogs about books, babies, birds, and bulbs and anything else that may or may not start with "b" here. She is a contributing editor to Fiction Unbound, completed a novel with the Denver Lighthouse Writers Workshop Book Project, and is now penning short stories over coffee at 5 AM. For more information on her work or to inquire into her availability for projects, please contact her. 


Amanda is a writer living in Colorado with her husband and two-year-old daughter. Together, they founded and run Woodsong Coffee. Amanda attended the George Washington University in D.C. and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She received her B.A. in English and her M.A. in Teaching. She taught high school literature before moving into non-profit development and freelance writing and web design. She's a contributing editor to Fiction Unbound, has written (and shelved) one novel, and is at work on a collection of short stories. She's at home with the moss and the sea and the mountains; but the suburbs are nice sometimes, too.

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

Amanda writes fiction, flash fiction, and novels. Her degree is in poetry. Go figure. Learn more here.


Amanda works full time for a Colorado non-profit serving children and families. She occasionally freelances for grant writing, marketing materials, copywriting, and web design. Learn more here.

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
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

Amanda is a native Arkansan, and loves catching the call of northern bobwhite quail and the sap-scent of longleaf pines in the summers when home. In Colorado, she loves catching sight of a steller's jay at altitude or walking in a rain of cottonwood seed around the nearby lake. She enjoys writerly things, including books, procrastinating writing by reading books, buying more books, coffee to stay awake and read the books, trail running, bird watching, mountain gazing, sourdough starter feeding, and attempting to watch shows from start to finish without interruption by cries for crackers.  She sometimes yells "Rufio" at sporting events. Amanda graduated from the Lighthouse Writers Workshop Book Project. Her mentor in fiction writing was Erika Krouse.


Amanda is a contributing editor to Fiction Unbound where she writes essays and reviews of speculative fiction books. By day she's a professional grant writer and copywriter, and occasionally freelances in these areas. Find a list of her published nonfiction pieces here.

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • The Netherlands
  • Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Ft. Hood & Austin, Texas
  • Dekalb, Illinois
  • Izmir, Turkey
  • Ft. Huachuca, Arizona
  • Little Rock & Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Washington, DC
  • Martha's Vineyard
  • Málaga, Spain
  • Denver, Colorado

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