When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.     ~ Audre Lorde

About

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AMANDA GALVAN HUYNH (she/her) is a Mexican American writer and educator from Texas. She is the author of a chapbook, Songs of Brujería (Big Lucks September 2019) and Co-Editor of Of Color: Poets’ Ways of Making: An Anthology of Essays on Transformative Poetics (The Operating System 2019). Amanda has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net. She was a 2016 AWP Intro Journal Project Award Winner, 2018 Best of the Net Winner, a finalist for the 2015 Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, and a finalist for the 2017 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her poetry can be read in print and online journals such as Hayden’s Ferry Review, Puerto del Sol, The Southampton Review, and others.

Amanda earned her MFA in Poetry at Old Dominion University, BA in English at the University of Texas at Arlington, and BA in Biology at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has taught poetry workshops at The Muse Writers’ Center, and teaches with Writers in the Schools (WITS – Houston). Her writing has been supported by fellowships and scholarships from The MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Sundress Academy for the Arts, New York Summer Writers Institute, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Monson Arts, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Poems (Selected)

Current:

One Poem, Puerto del Sol, Spring 2019

Stones They Said to Us, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Fall 2018

Where My Umbilical is Buried, The Texas ReviewFall 2018

Three PoemsHypertext ReviewFall 2018

When I Try to Write a Love Poem, Zone 3

Two poems, Harpur PalateWinter/Spring 2018

SomewherewildnessAugust 2018

Only One of Us Can Breathe in Space, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Fall 2018

Two Poems, HuizacheFall 2018

Vietxican BarbieThe Southampton ReviewSummer/Fall 2018

Two poems, The Boiler Journal, Spring/Summer Double Issue 2018

Three poemsWatershed ReviewMay 2018

When My Little Sister Mistakes Selena for Selena GomezUp the Staircase QuarterlyMay 2018

You Have To Be Ready, RHINO Poetry, Spring 2018

Tongue Untethered, The Shallow Ends, April 2018

Three poems, The Acentos Review, February 2018

Five poems, TAYO Literary Magazine, Annual Issue 2017-2018

When the Weather Changes, Silk Road Review, Fall 2017

The Summer My Cousin Grew Taller than Me, Silk Road Review, Fall 2017

Enough, Rust + Moth, Summer 2017

Notes on AbsenceWhurkApril 2017

What Are You?, Tahoma Literary Review, Summer 2016
AWP Intro Journal Project Award 2016

the street has changed, Front Porch Journal, Summer 2016

Before I was Born, The Boiler Journal, June 2016

Hunger, Muzzle Magazine, June 2016

Stainless, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, December 2015

To Her Husband, As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, December 2015

Returning to the Moment I Learned to Count
, The Acentos Review, November 2015

Tết, Newfound Journal, 2015 Print No. 2

The First Language, Huizache, Fall 2015

Prizes:

When My Little Sister Mistakes Selena for Selena Gomez, 2018 Best of the Net Winner
When I Try To Write a Love Poem, Zone 3, 2018 Pushcart Prize Nominee
The Space Between, Harpur Palate, 2018 Pushcart Prize Nominee
When My Little Sister Mistakes Selena for Selena Gomez, Up the Staircase Quarterly, 2018 Best of the Net Nominee
You Have To Be Ready, Rhino Poetry, 2018 Editor’s Prize Second Place
Enough, Rust + Moth, 2017 Pushcart Prize Nominee
What Are You?, Association of Writers & Writing Programs, 2016 AWP Intro Journal Award
The First Language, Newfound, 2015 Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize Finalist

Reviews:

Book Review: A Review of Virgin by Analicia Sotelo
by Amanda Galvan Huynh, Four Lit Ties ReviewApril 2018

Book Review: A Review of Indictus by Natalie Eilbert
by Amanda Galvan Huynh, Four Lit Ties Review, March 2018

Interviews:

Beautiful Wheel: A Chat with Theodore Deppe [Interview]
by Amanda Huynh, Barely South Review, Fall 2015

A Voice in Two Worlds: An Interview with Dr. Luisa A. Igloria
by Amanda Huynh, Barely South Review, Fall 2014

Other:

Three Diverse Poetry Anthologies to Teach this School Year
by Lantern Review

Craft is Not Monolithic: An Interview with Luisa A. Igloria and Amanda Galvan Huynh, Editors of Of Color: Poets’ Ways of Making
by Ruth Joffre, Kenyon Review

‘Tongue Untethered’ by Amanda Galvan Huynh
by Hannah Cohen, wildness

Episode 48: Poets at MacDowell: Destiny Birdsong, Juleen Johnson, Jenny George, Eloisa Amezcua, & Amanda Galvan Huynh
by Rachel Zucker, Commonplace Podcast

MFA Poet at Old Dominion University Earns Prestigious Honor
by INSIDE ODU, April 2016

‘The First Language’ – An Interview with Amanda Huynh
by Taeler Kallmerten, Newfound, January 2016

Student poet finds inspiration in her past, future

by Jason Amaloo, The Shorthorn, May 2014


Events

Upcoming Events

December 8, 2019: Dead Rabbits Reading Series @ 8 pm
DTUT Bar & Cafe, 1744 2nd Avenue
New York City, NY

December 17, 2019: AAWW Mouth to Mouth @ 6:30 pm
Asian American Writers Workshop  
112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor
Manhattan, NY 10001

March 5, 2020: AWP Conference @ 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Navigating Residencies as a Writer of Color
Room 007B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level

March 6, 2020: AWP Conference @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Decentralizing Whiteness in Craft: Writers of Color Talk Craft
Room 303, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level

March 28 – 31, 2020: Split This Rock Festival
Washington D.C.

ODU Lit Fest- Tim Seibles 9-27-16
Past Events

October 27, 2019: Volumes Bookcafe Reading (Chicago, IL)
September 20, 2019: Deep Vellum Reading @ Deep Vellum Books (Dallas, TX)
September 19, 2019: Big Lucks Reading @ Berl’s Poetry Shop (Brooklyn, NY)
May 13, 2019: Of Color: Poets’ Ways of Making Anthology Texas Book Launch @ Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)
May 1, 2019: Of Color: Poets’ Ways of Making Anthology NYC Book Launch @ Book Culture at W. 112th St (New York City, NY)
April 28, 2019: Of Color: Poets’ Ways of Making Anthology Virginia Book Launch (Norfolk, VA)
March 30, 2019: When We Write, We Write with Our Bodies, Our Hearts, Our Histories AWP
March 29, 2019: Of Color: Poets’ Ways of Making ~ Readings from Essays on Transformative Poetics AWP
March 27, 2019: Unlikely Stories & Rigorous ~ Portland, Oregon
March 3, 2019: Zinc Bar Poetry Reading (New York City, NY)
February 16, 2019: St. Rocco’s Reading Series (Albany, NY)
September 28, 2018: Poesía 4 Vientos (Puebla City, Puebla, Mexico)
April 28, 2018: National Poetry Month Event (Middletown, NY)
April 21, 2018: The Traditions of Multiracial Writing Panel (New Orleans, LA)
February – April 2018: Letterpress Exhibition (Peterborough, NH)
April 7, 2018: Poetry Reading & Craft Talk (Itaewon, Seoul, Korea)
March 9, 2018: What We Really Tell When We Tell of Home AWP Panel (Tampa, FL)
March 8, 2018: Living, Reading, & Writing the Multilingual Poem AWP Panel (Tampa, FL)
January 20, 2018: St. Rocco’s Reading Series (Albany, NY)
July 24, 2017: Sewanee Scholars Reading (Sewanee, TN)
July 6, 2017: Poetry Reading (Prague, Czech Republic)
April 13, 2017: MFA Thesis Reading (Norfolk, VA)
January 29 – April 1, 2017: Letterpress Exhibition (Norfolk, VA)
January 29, 2017: Pressing Poetry: Exhibition & Poetry Reading (Norfolk, VA)
November 16, 2016: Food for Thought: Reading Benefit (Norfolk, VA)
November 13, 2016: Other People’s Poetry Poetry Reading Series (Dallas, TX)
November 4, 2016: Huizache Issue Release Reading (Austin, TX)
September 27, 2016: 39th Annual Literary Festival with Tim Seibles (Norfolk, VA)
June 22, 2016: Wordspace/Pegasus Reading Series (Dallas, TX)
January 30, 2016: The Muse Writers Center Grand Opening (Norfolk, VA)
January 10, 2016: Poetry Society of Virginia Reading (Norfolk, VA)
October 16, 2015: Flor De Nopal Literary Festival (Austin, TX)

Get In Touch

Readings & Events ~ Writing Tutorials ~ Collaborations

Readings & Events

The last five years I have read in Korea, Mexico, Czech Republic, and various places in the States. I have taught poetry workshops, hosted National Poetry Month Events, and facilitated creative writing classes with children (2nd – 12th grade levels). If you’d like to bring me to your community please get in touch for fees and schedule.

Workshops

In the past I have facilitated workshops focused on poetry, submitting to journals, and submitting to residencies. If you’d like to bring me to your writer’s group or classroom (in-person or online), please contact for fees and scheduling.

Writing Tutorials

Whether a beginner or advanced writer I offer writing tutorials for poetry manuscript critiques, essays, and publishing suggestions. Please contact for more information.

All Level of Writers Welcome!

Collaborations

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I love to collaborate with other artists as it is a part of my practice. I have experience and skills in photography, cyanotypes, letterpress printing, and screenprinting. If you’re an artist looking to collaborate on a project please reach out.