Cover Photo: A photograph of a mother putting her daughter's hair in a bun
Photograph by Mathilde Langevin/Unsplash

Writing Haibun and Parenting Like a Poet

My daughter is both woman and girl, loving me and needing to find space from me, and I am teacher and student, confident and terrified.

here is a cracker, take a nap, let’s dance, I’ll rock you to sleep

The Narrow Road to the Interior


These breaks must be the place for haiku


Amanda's debut poetry collection, REQUEENING (Ecco 2021), was chosen for the National Poetry Series by Ocean Vuong. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies including ZZYZVA and Best New Poets, and her essays have appeared in The Baltimore Review, and Hippocampus Magazine. She is a Poetry Editor at Women’s Voices for Change and a reader for Bull City Press. A high school teacher, Amanda lives by the beach in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband and daughter. More at