"I can't imagine/anything/more beautiful/than the cold depths,/ whales/settled//into darkness,/huge muscled questions/stacked/on sand—/a kind of preservation."
Amanda Hawkins is the winner of the 2018 Editors’ Prize for Poetry at The Florida Review. Her poetry manuscript was a 2018 finalist for the Alice James Award; her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Flyway and Terrain.org, selected as finalist for the Frontier Poetry Open, The Mississippi Review Prize, and the 49th Parallel Prize for Poetry at Bellingham Review, and as runner up in the Janet B. McCabe poetry contest at Ruminate, judged by Shane McCrae. Work can be found in Boston Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Cincinnati Review, Orion, Terrain, and Tin House.
Hawkins is also a recipient of the Bakeless Nason Scholarship from Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference and scholarships from Key West Literary Seminar and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. She holds a MA in theological studies from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, and teaches composition, creative writing, and poetry in Northern California.