Discipline: Literature

Amanda Stern

Discipline: Literature
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2004, 2007

Amanda Stern is an American writer and literary event organizer. Stern has written 11 books for children under the pseudonyms A.J. Stern and Fiona Rosenbloom. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in, among other places, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Filmmaker, The Believer, Post Road, St. Ann's Review, Salt Hill, Hayden's Ferry Review, Five Chapters, and Spinning Jenny. Her debut novel, The Long Haul, released by Soft Skull Press can be found in bookstores nationwide. In 2003 Stern founded the highly acclaimed and popular The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series in 2003 out of a small Chinatown bar. Cited by critics of The Village Voice, New York magazine, NY Press and The New Yorker as the best series in New York City. Time Out New York called it the "most vital authors' series in NYC", and "consistently one of the most entertaining literary events in the city." Stern's reputation as a skilled host and discerning curator grew, and in 2006, she was profiled in the "New York" issue of The New York Times Magazine as one of ten "New Bohemians, helping to keep downtown New York alive."