Amanda Chatel has
wanted to be a writer since she composed her first poem "Balloons"
when she was seven; a piece that is still framed above her father's desk. In
fifth grade, her desire to write was even furthered when she won a state-wide
poetry contest about apples, of all things. Amanda continued to write short stories
and plays all throughout grammar school and junior high, solidifying her love
She went on to the University of New Hampshire to study writing under Pulitzer Prize winning poet Charles Simic. She received her B.A. in English, with a concentration in creative writing and also minored in women's studies.
Although her work has
run the gamut, her primary focus is on first-person essays, as well as sex, sexual health, sex education, and
women’s rights. She’s basically that sex positive, feminist sister you wish you
had so you could ask her questions about sex toys, vaginas, masturbation, why pizza is the most perfect food, and all
that fun stuff.