MFA Students

Amanda Tien


Amanda Tien is a writer, creative professional, and strategist. She grew up on the move as the daughter of an U.S. Army officer and a teacher with a passion for community, storytelling, and adventure. She is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Pittsburgh and was a 2020-2021 Dietrich Fellow. At the University of Pittsburgh, she was the Winner of the 2021 Jean Meyer Aloe Graduate Poetry Award and Third Place Winner of the 2021 Nordan-Kinder Award in Fiction. She presented at the 2021 Graduate Student Expo on her research paper, “Takeout and Uptake: An Analysis of Food as a Narrative and Cultural Device in Chinese American Novels."

During her time as a graduate student at Pitt, Amanda is finishing her first novel, teaching Seminar in Composition, and exploring multimedia projects. Her writing has been published in Columbia College, Public Books, and The Punished Backlog. Her work can be viewed at

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