About Me

Amanda sits under a tree, reading a book.
A bookworm in her natural habitat

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”

Joan Didion

Vegan. Content Creator. Professor. Bookworm. I go by many titles. But, mainly, they all involve writing.

Whether I am creating a lesson plan, or planning social media content, writing sits at the core of everything I do.

And I take it seriously.

What once began as a hobby became the focus of my work and career goals. I discovered at a young age that I am a crafter of words: I can string them together, make them dance, and, most importantly, use them to inspire and help others.

Amanda stands with a book in the middle of a daffodil field

Writing and teaching, as careers, are something of a second act for me: for over a decade, I worked in healthcare. But I always knew I wanted to go back to school and complete my education.

The opportunity presented itself in the most unlikely of ways: one day I was called into my boss’s office and was told that I was being laid-off.

Of course I experienced a panic; who wouldn’t, after losing the full-time position and income security they’ve relied on for 10+ years?

But I chose to see this set-back for the opportunity-in-disguise that it was: finally, I had the free time to complete my education.

I enrolled as a student in the English Literature & Criticism track at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, and received my Bachelor’s degree.

Upon graduation, I applied for the graduate program in Professional Writing & Communication, was accepted, and was even offered a teaching fellowship. Now I had the chance to further perfect my skills as a writer, and do something else I dreamed of since childhood: teach.

Within these fields, I found my niche, and gained experience as a writer–particularly in the areas of copywriting, usability studies, and blogging in an academic setting–as well as defining myself as a teacher.

While I always dreamed of teaching, I never knew exactly where or how. In my role as a graduate teaching fellow, I discovered that higher-ed is the place for me. I enjoy teaching college-level courses, and helping students to fine tune their own skills as rhetoricians and writers.

In addition to academic writing and teaching, I enjoy creating content highlighting some of my other hobbies which include reading, baking, and various outdoor activities. I manage several social media accounts, and work as a freelance writer, copyeditor, and photographer.

Qualifications & Awards


Associates in Biotechnology, Bristol Community College

BA in English Literature & Criticism, UMass Dartmouth

MA in Professional Writing & Communication, UMass Dartmouth

Awards & Recognitions

Dean’s List

Chancellor’s List

Two-time recipient of the Augustus Silva scholarship



Peasant in Gray, Literary Hatchet · Dec 31, 2013

Memento Mori, Temper Literary Magazine, Spring 2018

Wildflowers, Temper Literary Magazine, Spring 2019

Poetry & Photography

Poem, “Ashes Riding Shotgun (Grief is a Cavern,” The Mantelpiece, 2023

Photo, “Seabirds,” Light, Space & Time Magazine, 2023

Photo, “Whorls,” Fusion Art, 2023

Poetry, “Sivvy,” Dulce Poetica, Wingless Dreamer, November 2022

A series of poems and accompanying photography: “Tuesday. 2:33am,” “Saltwater Veins,” “Particles,” “جدي (Jeddi),” Temper Literary Magazine, Spring 2022

Photo, “The Welcome,” Beyond Words Magazine, 2022, print

Photo, “Illuminate,” Light, Space and Time, 2022

Photo, “Field of Poppies,” Light, Space and Time, 2022

Photo, “Thanks for Stopping By,” Burningword Literary Journal, 2022

Photo, “Secrets of the Universe,” Burningword Literary Journal, 2022

Photo, “Lavender Haze,” Light, Space & Time, 2023


Literary Criticism, “Proximity to–and from–Bodies: The Civil War Poetry of Whitman & Dickinson,” The Bangalore Review, June 23, 2022

Book Review, “A Review of Ben Shattuck’s Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau, January 4th, 2024

Skill Set

Curriculum Development

Lesson Planning



Public Relations


Content Creation

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Microsoft Word