Founder, Curator & Host

“Amanda Stern…impresario helping to keep downtown, NY alive.” – the New York Times Magazine 




AMANDA STERN is the author of the novel, THE LONG HAUL and eleven books for kids under a pseudonym.

Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in (among other places): the New York Timesthe New York Times Magazine, The BelieverSpinning JennyPost RoadSaint Ann’s ReviewSalt Hill, Salon and her work has been anthologized in four collections.

She hosted the first ever National Book Award, “5 Under 35” ceremony; produced, curated and hosted Yaddo’s 2011 benefit with Aimee Mann, Kevin Wilson and Jennifer Egan; hosted an episode of the BBC’s Four Thought Series; had a bit part in Hal Hartley’s movie, “Meanwhile;” worked for David Byrne on the Talking Heads box set, “Once in a Lifetime;” and was a guest on both WNYC’s “Soundcheck,” with John Schaefer, and the BBC’s the Why Factor with Helena Merriman, to talk about her special gift of curating her tears to music. 

She was recently chosen as a NYFA fiction fellow, and has held several residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. She spends some time in Manhattan, but does all her writing in Brooklyn where she’s working on her first book of non-fiction and another children’s book.


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