Amanda Bales

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Contact Information

608 South Wright Street
M/C 718
Urbana, IL 61801
Lecturer

Biography

Amanda Bales completed her B.A. in English and Theater at Oklahoma State University. Since leaving, she has lived in various places, including four years in a dry cabin in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she completed her M.F.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Fiction. She is currently a Lecturer in Rhetoric and Creative Writing at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Although her primary creative focus is as a writer of short fiction, she also works in poetry, nonfiction, and experimental forms. Her critical work focuses on second person narratives, using a variety of critical frameworks to engage this oft-maligned perspective, including Social Psychology, in which she discusses  the use of second person narratives as a means of grappling with empathy gaps.