Amanda Auchter

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Amanda Auchter
Baytown, Texas
Occupationprofessor, writer, editor
Notable worksThe Wishing Tomb
The Glass Crib
Light Under Skin
Notable awardsPerugia Press Award
Zone 3 Press First Book Award
Bucknell Younger Poets Fellowship
Mary C. Mohr Award
Theodore Morrison Scholarship
Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize

Amanda Auchter (born 1977 Baytown, Texas) is an American writer, professor, and editor. She is an editor and author of poetry, nonfiction essays, and book reviews.

Personal life[edit]

Amanda Auchter received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and English (magna cum laude) from the University of Houston, where she worked as an editorial assistant at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts and was awarded the 2005 Howard Moss Poetry Award. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College, where she served as the editor of the Bennington Review.

She is the editor of the literary magazine, Pebble Lake Review. She is the author of the books, "The Wishing Tomb," winner of the Perugia Press Award, "The Glass Crib," winner of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry, judged by Rigoberto González, and of the chapbook, "Light Under Skin" (Finishing Line Press, 2006).



  • The Wishing Tomb. Perugia Press. 2012. ISBN 9780979458255.
  • The Glass Crib. Zone 3 Press. 2011. ISBN 9780978612764.




"Auchter presents us with the delicacy and hopefulness that are present with pregnancy, birth, babies, and young children, and the terror and tragedy that can accompany the birth and or death of a young child. This book is about sorrow, pain, loss, and ascension. . . In the poems in Amanda Auchter‘s The Glass Crib, your mind will be moved as well as your heart, soul, and spirit, and what else could you want from poems?”[1]

"The Glass Crib is an honest book of poetry, where imperfect narrators and subjects abound, and yet a certain hope arises from these lines, a hope coaxed into life by the poet’s care with words and her subjects.”[2]

Conventional mind-body dualism has no place in Amanda Auchter’s Light Under Skin, and this is the great allure of the book. The mind keeps itself alive in our skins; our bones are the very girders that support self-consciousness; the body is at once translucent and “heavy with words.”[3]