Amanda Johnston


Round Rock, TX

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 & Prizes

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)
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)

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

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Identifies as: 
African American
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Born in: 
East St. Louis
Raised in: 
Austin, TX
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Last update: Nov 30, 2018