At twelve years old I knew I wanted to be a writer. What I didn’t know was that I would return to Detroit to start my own business. Now I build community every day at Bamboo, write essays and fiction almost every day, rescue puppies once in a greater while, and learn new ways to be a better vegan cook on the weekends.

The More Professional Bio 

Amanda Lewan is an award winning writer and entrepreneur. She is inspired to unite others through art and entrepreneurship. 

Amanda is Co-founder and CEO of Bamboo, a company that builds collaborative work spaces empowering people. Bamboo is home to nearly 500 diverse founders and is a hub of technology, startup, and business resources and events in Detroit. She is a partner at Venture Catalysts, a 501c3 non-profit providing large scale impact events and support for founders. She has nearly a decade of operations and marketing experience, helping startups all the way up to fortune 100 companies. Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from Michigan State University and a Masters in English from Wayne State University. She is also a graduate of the 10,000 Small Business Goldman Sachs program.

Amanda is also a fiction and essay writer. She writes character driven stories in a lyric style. Her storytelling and writing has been recognized and published in NPR, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Nation, Rust Belt Magazine and Belt Publishing, The Journal of Americana, and has been anthologized twice.  She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net prizes. 

She is currently at work finishing her first novels, which you can read about here.

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Awards & Honors 


Career Mastered Honoree 2018

Crain’s Detroit 20 in their 20s Leadership Award 2017

Most Valuable Millennial by Corp! Magazine 2017

City of Detroit Spirit of Detroit Award & City of Detroit Community Service Award 2017

Vanguard Award for Leadership 2016

Best of Michigan Business for, 2015


Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train Family Matters Competition, 2017

Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2015

Best of Net Nomination, 2015

First Place Winner in National Student Essay Contest, The Nation, September 2010