- M.F.A.,Stonecoast, University of Southern Maine
Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, Poetry, Callaloo, Kinfolks Quarterly, Muzzle, Pluck! and the anthologies, Small Batch, di-ver-city and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a co-founder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founding executive director of Torch Literary Arts.
Areas of Expertise
Writing for Social Justice
Areas of Scholarship
Poetry, micro fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays.
Call & Response: Poetry of Witness and Resistance
What makes a poem political? What’s at stake when writing about (or avoiding) subjects that might be considered political? This seminar will examine poems of resistance from the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and the Black Lives Matter movement of today. Attendees will look at work that directly and indirectly responds to social justice issues.
A PDF packet of poems will be shared in advance.
Online video poems, www.blackpoetsspeakout.org
Cave Canem Foundation Board of Directors
Affrilachian Poets, Member