Amanda Ake writes essays, fiction, and (most of all) she writes things that she's terrified to speak out loud. She holds a B.A in English and Comparative Literature from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. She was accepted as an Associate Member of New College, Oxford University, where she studied contemporary short fiction and the mythical archetypes in Tolkien. Her writing has been published in various places on the internet, including Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, The Financial Diet, and The Odyssey Online.
Her favorite story to tell is the one where she burned her first manuscript in her parents’ wood-burning stove at age 12. She writes a lot about friendships, especially ones she’s lost, and about the interpersonal relationships in life that are both wonderfully life-affirming and also really damn hurtful. She’s an ex-Reformed-Calvinist who is still trying to wrap her mind and her words around her experience with religion and her place in the universe. She’s fascinated by identity and how it forms and fluctuates.
She eats a lot of macaroni and cheese when she's sad. This is her space to write about what books she's reading and what essays she's writing and how she's struggling to care for her mental health.