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 a series of poems set in the year 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 Inheritors' (Black Pepper Publishing, 2021). Amanda is a two-time winner of the 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 also received a commendation for ‘Upon the Extinction of Frogs’ in the Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize.

Amanda’s poetry has been featured in Best Australian Science Writing 2021 and 2022, as well as The Griffith Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Right Now and The Massachusetts Review. She is the convener and host of La Mama Poetica and is currently focused on using poetry to convey scientific concepts about climate change in new ways that engage people into awareness and action.

You can read a selection of Amanda's poems  as apart of our Climate Poetry Project