Writer, editor and coach, Amanda Fletcher was a 2012 PEN America Emerging Voices (EV) Fellow who went on to manage the fellowship for five years, from 2015 until September of 2020, when EV was forced into an indefinite hiatus due to the pandemic. As program manager, Amanda cultivated all aspects of this vital literary mentorship based in Los Angeles–from the selection of fellows, professional mentors and author evening hosts, to the production of the EV podcast and all events, as well as social media management, outreach, administration and budgeting, and she successfully committed to revitalizing the extensive alumni network.
Prior to her job with PEN, Amanda was a writer and editor for AfterParty Magazine and previously worked with a global nonprofit where she helped young chief executives tell their stories. An active member of the Los Angeles literary community, Amanda has served as a moderator for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, taught writing workshops for at-risk communities, been a guest on numerous writing podcasts, and read sections of her memoir in progress for Tongue and Groove, Dirty Laundry Lit, Vamp, Roar Shack, Release, TGIF and Why There Are Words, Los Angeles.
A prolific travel and freelance feature writer, her work has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Orange County Register, Coast and Hippocampus magazines, Heritage Future, FAR & WIDE, Ember, Beautytap and many more. Originally from Canada, Amanda lives in Los Angeles and is working on her memoir HALO.
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