Amanda Silberling is a senior English, Creative Writing, and Fine Arts student at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a poet, photographer, videographer, and journalist interested in music, arts, and activism. She works for community arts centers like the Kelly Writers House and the Institute of Contemporary Art, and she organizes concerts at independent music venues in West Philadelphia. 
Amanda works as an arts & culture journalist, and her writing has been published in various local and national publications, including The Rumpus, Consequence of Sound, She Shreds Magazine, IMPOSE Magazine, The Media, PAPER Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Sun-Sentinel, The 405, BandsInTown, and more. She curates the yearly Shifting The Gaze: Women in Music event series at the Kelly Writers House, which seeks to create a dialogue about making the Philadelphia music scene more inclusive for all people.
In September 2016, Amanda helped launch We Are Watching, a feminist art collective at the University of Pennsylvania seeking to eradicate identity-based violence. We Are Watching protests have received local and national news coverage, along with praise from Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Bob Casey, and Ashton Kutcher.
After receiving the Kelly Writers House's Creative Ventures Grant, Amanda went on tour this summer to film a documentary about the intersection of punk and politics. Her first documentary, We're Here, We're Present: Women in Punk, premiered on VICE in June 2017.
Recent poems appear in Crab Orchard Review, LEVELER, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Louisville Review, SOFTBLOW, and decomP magazinE, whose editors nominated her hybrid audio-textual poem "Afterglow" for inclusion in the 2016 Best of Net Anthology.
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