Amanda Montei holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and is a PhD candidate and Presidential Fellow in the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo. Critical writing has appeared in Gurlesque: A Critical Anthology (Saturnalia, 2016), Performing Ethos: An International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, American Book Review, Harriet: The Blog, Ms. Magazine, HTMLGIANT, and others. Her poetry and fiction has appeared in Dusie, Atlas Review, Everyday Genius, Coconut, Gigantic, Joyland, Pinwheel, Explosion Proof Magazine, Delirious Hem and others. She coedits Bon Aire Projects, and edits the literary journal P-QUEUE. She is co-author, with Jon Rutzmoser, of DINNER POEMS (Bon Aire Projects, 2013), and author of the chapbook The Failure Age (Bloof Books, 2014).
Montei is the author of Two Memoirs
From the author“The mother-daughter relationship really fascinates me: the daughter as simulacrum for the mother, the mother as a kind of broken promise to the daughter– broken because motherhood is so illusory. Mothers are difficult for daughters because, whatever our level of intimacy with them, they teach us about the domestic scene and femininity, those types of violence, but also that curious mix of protest and real love found in each of her acts of care.”