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 innovative and inclusive community daily at Bamboo, write essays and fiction almost every day, cook vegan food on the weekends, and rescue puppies once in a while too.

The More Professional Bio 

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

Amanda is Co-founder of Bamboo, a company that builds collaborative work spaces and an inclusive founder community. 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 including Detroit Startup Week which brings 12,000+ people to Detroit each year. She has a decade of operations and marketing experience. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from Michigan State University and a Masters in English from Wayne State University.

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

She is currently finishing her first books, which you can read about here.

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Awards & Honors 


Diversity and Inclusion Award, Corp! Magazine 2018

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


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