At twelve years old I knew I wanted to be a writer. 

A light shined down onto my soul from above and said do this, while I sat in class listening to the teacher read my poem out loud. Something about this moment stayed with me. We know our passions in youth and we open our minds in exploration as adults.

What I didn’t know was that I would return to Detroit and start a business, stop writing poetry and start writing essays and novels, and become passionate about building inclusive community. Now, I work on Bamboo empowering entrepreneurs every day, 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.

My work is to unite and inspire. Welcome to my home base for it. 

The More Professional Bio 

Amanda Lewan is an award winning writer and entrepreneur. She is inspired to create more empathy in the world 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 over 3oo diverse businesses and is a hub of technology, startup, and business resources and events in Detroit. She has nearly a decade of operations and marketing experience, helping startups all the way up to fortune 100 companies.

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, ABC's 20/20, The Nation, Rust Belt Magazine and Belt Publishing, The Journal of Americana and has been anthologized twice.  

Her writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. 

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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 publication 2015
Pushcart Prize Nomination 2015
 Best of Net Nomination 2015
First Place Winner in National Student Essay Contest, The Nation, September 2010.