Amanda Anastasi

Amanda is a Melbourne poet who writes primarily about the effects and impacts of climate change in relatable and accessible ways. She was the recipient of a 2018 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship from the State Library of Victoria and Readings Foundation to work on her futuristic poetry collection 2042.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Professional Writing & Editing and Literature from Deakin University and is the author of ‘2012 and other poems’ and the co-author of ‘The Silences’. Amanda is a two-time winner of the Williamstown Literary Festival’s Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize and received a Special Commendation in the W.B. Yeats Poetry Prize in Australia for her poem ‘Politicians Discussing Global Warming’. She was also received a commendation for ‘Upon the Extinction of Frogs’ in the Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize.

Amanda’s poetry can be found in Australian journals such as Cordite and Right Now to The Massachusetts Review in the US. She is the convener and host of La Mama Poetica and also works as a content writer in the careers sector. She is now focused on using poetry to convey scientific concepts about climate change in new ways that engage people into awareness and action.