Amanda Giracca


Amanda Giracca lives in the village of Housatonic in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, and is a Lecturer in the State University of New York at Albany’s Writing and Critical Inquiry Program. She received her MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where she also taught Introduction to Journalism and Nonfiction and Seminar in Composition. Previously, she’s worked as a gardener, bartender, antique tools saleswoman, cow milker, field ornithologist, and general schlepper. She is the former managing editor of Passages North, a former nonfiction editor for Hot Metal Bridge, and a current contributing writer and editor for Vela. She has received an Excellence in Education Research Grant from Northern Michigan University, The Boschen Fund for Artists from the Berkshire-Taconic Community Foundation, and the George F. and Mary Ann McGunagle Memorial Award–a Nationality Room Scholarship–from the University of Pittsburgh to research and write about South America’s Interoceanic Highway. See the Publications page for a list of published pieces and select links.

Prize anthology mentions

Best American Essays 2015*

Best American Essays 2016*

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