Amanda V. Mead is a high school librarian, writer, and activist living in Spokane, Washington with her wife, two dogs, and a cantankerous cat named Seamus. She has her MFA from Eastern Washington University, where she worked as Poetry Editor for Willow Springs. Her poetry has been published in journals such as Calyx, Drunken Boat, and Confrontation, and her essays have appeared in the Lambda Literary-nominated collections Dear John, I Love Jane and its sequel, Greetings from Janeland. Amanda is active in her local community, currently serving as the Vice Chair of Odyssey Youth Movement, Spokane’s only nonprofit serving LGBTQ+ youth. She is the co-founder and co-host of I Don’t Know Her, a podcast about women you’ve probably never heard of, but should have. Amanda was chosen to be a 2018 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow. She is currently working on a young adult novel.