Amanda Ngoho Reavey is a Philippine-born, Wisconsin-raised poet interested in how we can transform story and myth to reconnect ourselves to the earth. Her debut book, Marilyn (The Operating System, 2015), won the 2017 Best Book Award in Poetry from the Association for Asian American Studies.
Amanda’s poems and essays appear in Construction Literary Magazine, Anthropoid, TRUCK, and Evening Will Come, among others. Most recently, her poems were published in Resist Much, Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance, an anthology assembling the writing of over 350 poets from around the world responding to the 2016 presidential election, and Women:Poetry:Migration (edited by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa), an anthology of 50 women poets living in countries other than the one in which they were born.
Currently, Amanda is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and working towards certification as an applied poetry facilitator through the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy. Through her project, RestoryNation, she teaches creative writing workshops that help participants rediscover their origin stories. She earned an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University.