At twelve years old I knew I wanted to be a writer. What I didn’t know was that I would come home to Detroit to reconnect with family, build our family urban farm, practice writing thousands of poor pages, and eventually start a business. Now I run Bamboo, write essays and fiction, and cook vegan food for friends.

Welcome to my online home for my work :)


The More Professional Bio 

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Amanda Lewan is an award winning writer and entrepreneur. She loves to drive change through community. As Co-founder of Bamboo, she builds collaborative work spaces that unite and empower diverse founders and creatives. She is a partner and board member of Venture Catalysts, a 501c3 non-profit leading large scale events. She has a decade of operations and marketing experience, but has had the most fun bootstrapping Bamboo from a $5,000 loan to 500+ members and 25,000 sq ft of community space.

Amanda’s passionate about storytelling as a way to unite others. She writes fiction and essays in a lyric style. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, The Nation, Rust Belt Magazine, Belt Publishing, and The Journal of Americana. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net. She is currently finishing books you can read about here, and seeking agent representation. She dreams Oprah will one day choose a book she writes for her book club.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from Michigan State and a Masters in English from Wayne State. She sits on the board of Fierce Empowerment, Co-leads the Detroit Writers Collective and bi-weekly writers group, and often mentors and gives back to the Detroit community.