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Amanda Johnston

Author's Bio

Cave Canem fellow and Affrilachian poet, Amanda Johnston has performed internationally for various causes and events. Honors include multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival. She has served on the board of directors for the National Women's Alliance and the Kentucky Women Writers Conference and is the founder & executive director of Torch Literary Arts, and editor of TORCH: poetry, prose, and short stories by African American Women. Currently, Amanda is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Stonecoast through the University of Southern Maine.

Publications and Prizes

Anthologies:
HIS RIB: stories, poems & essays by HER (Penmanship Books, 2007), Temba Tupa (Walking Naked) Africana Women’s Poetic Self (Africa World Press, 2007), The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (Georgia University Press, 2007)
Journals:
di-verse-city, Kudzu
Performances:
Bookwoman Bookstore, Austin Texas (2006), St. Edward's Univeristy, Performance Poets Showcase (2006), St. Edward's University, Sistas Aloud! Cave Canem Reading (2006), University of Texas, Center for African and African American Studies, Austi (2006), University of Kentucky with Affrilachian Poets (2005), Vanderbilt University with Affrilachian Poets (2005), University of Louisville, 2nd Annual Literary Performance Festival (2004)

Amanda Johnston Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo, Lighthead by Terrance Hayes, Drift by Alan King, Missing You, Metropolis by Gary Jackson , The Undertaker's Daughter by Toi Derricotte
Favorite Books:
Blood, Tin, Straw by Sharon Olds, Talisman by Afaa Weaver, Tender by Toi Derricotte
Favorite Authors:
Anyone who fearlessly follows the line.

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: July 19, 2012

More Information

Listed as:
Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
African American
Prefers to work with:
Any
Born in:
East St. Louis, IL
Raised in:
Austin, TX

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