"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."

—"Whale Fall"


Amanda Hawkins was the winner of the 2018 Editors’ Prize for Poetry at The Florida Review. Her poetry has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes by Flyway and, 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 ReviewCrab 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.