Amanda Sledz grew up in Cleveland, and began her published writing career crafting advice columns, commentary, music and movie reviews for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Amanda also participated in slam poetry competitions and was interviewed for the documentary Picture Perfect by Carol Tizzano, which discusses depictions of women in the media. After graduating high school (translation: fleeing the eighth circle of hell) Amanda attended Ohio University, where she studied fiction writing under the tutelage of Jack Matthews and personal essay writing with David Lazar. She wrote the column “Shaken Not Stirred” and articles for the Athens News, and was nonfiction editor and editor of Sphere, the undergraduate literary magazine. Amanda also launched her own independent publication, The Penny Dreadful with a band of unruly misfits she still counts as Facebook friends. After graduation she worked as Staff Writer for the Athens Insider and wrote know-it-all political columns and the humor column “Issy the Advice Cat.” Amanda then left Athens to pursue an MFA at Spalding University in Kentucky, where she spent one year as nonfiction editor of The Louisville Review. Sometime around then she moved to Portland, had her life turned upside down, and discovered the importance of water resistant clothing and Vitamin D supplements.
Amanda’s essays and short stories have appeared in three editions of the Voicecatcher Anthology, the online magazine Blood Lotus, EFiction Horror, and other small literary publications. Before an unfortunate computer crash she maintained the website Zori3. Amanda has been a featured reader at Powell’s City of Books and at Portland annual Wordstock Festival, and has participated in two Portland performances of the popular national show Mortified, where she read from high school journals. The experience proved more satisfying than mortifying, but Amanda has a lot of gym-teacher angst to exorcise and likes dropping the f-bomb on stage.
She’s written a nonfiction book that will likely continue to rot in its grave (9 Dreams of Prison) and a novel (Psychopomp) which has been divided into two parts. The first (Volume One: Cracked Plate) was released November 2012, and can be purchased through this website, through One Eye Two Crows Press , through Amazon, Powell’s, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, or your area bookstore. Psychopomp Volume Two: All of Us Are Hiding will be released sometime in 2013. Also forthcoming is a collection of sleepless recording and sound bytes (Channel Insomnia) and a young adult series starting with The Falls Apart. After that her hard drive will be exorcised of everything half finished, allowing for a new harvest.
Enough of the third-person dickery. The top invitees to my ghostly barbecue include George Orwell, Elizabeth Smart, Milton, Charlotte Delbo, Alan Moore, and Thomas Pynchon. I’m a psychopomp, a psychonaught, a psychic, a siren. All I want is telepathic communication and levitation. If you’ve got a pipeline, tell me everything.