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Amanda Auchter is the author of The Wishing Tomb, winner of the 2013 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry and the 2012 Perugia Press Book Award, and The Glass Crib, winner of the 2010 Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry.

She has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Theodore Morrison Scholarship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a PEN Center USA Award for Poetry, the James Wright Award from Mid-American Review, the Mary C. Mohr Poetry Award from Southern Indiana Review, the Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry from Bellevue Literary Review, the BOMB Magazine Poetry Prize, the Richard Peterson Poetry Prize from Crab Orchard Review, the Milton Kessler Memorial Poetry Prize from Harpur Palate, a Bucknell University fellowship, and was a finalist for a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming at The Huffington Post, CNN, American Poetry Review, Pleiades, AGNI, North American Review, Shenandoah, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Indianapolis Review, Quarterly West, Rust + Moth, Crab Orchard Review, The Maine Review, Crab Creek Review, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day project, and elsewhere. 

She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College and lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and menagerie of cats. 

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Winner of the 2013 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry

The Wishing Tomb is a love letter to New Orleans — that quintessential city of jazz and yellow fevers, of hurricanes and Creole cuisine. This collection is a narrative of place, but more than that, these poems create a portrait of us all: how connected we are to the land we love and to our homes, how history sometimes escapes us, and how even in our tragedies, we can be made whole again by rebuilding and moving forward.

Available from Perugia Press. 

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Winner of the 2010 Zone 3 Press First Book Award, judged by Rigoberto González

“Rendered with acute beauty, tenderness and measured dignity of expression, Amanda Auchter¹s debut collection breathes life into her speakers and themes: a woman in a coma, biblical figures, the divine and the earthly, an unborn child, being and nothingness, a daughter given up for adoption, the body and the soul, a hung-over unwed mother. These poems radiate insistent light, pure lyric courage and unflagging compassion.” —Amy Gerstler

Available from Zone 3 Press.

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