MFA Students

Amanda Tien



Amanda Tien (she/her) 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. Her writing often explores memory, connection, and Asian American identity. 

Amanda is an MFA Candidate in Fiction at the University of Pittsburgh where she also teaches Seminar in Composition and Introduction to Fiction. She was a 2020-2021 Dietrich Fellow, and has served as the Managing Editor for the transnational feminist literary journal Aster(ix) since Fall 2021. She created the MFA Community Initiative and is one of the inaugural MFA Community Co-Chairs for the 2022-2023 school year. 

For her thesis, she is finishing her first novel. 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. In Spring 2021, Amanda was selected to present at the Pitt Graduate Student Expo on her research paper, “Takeout and Uptake: An Analysis of Food as a Narrative and Cultural Device in Chinese American Novels."

Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Salt Hill Journal, Call Me [Brackets], Columbia College Today,, Public Books, and The Punished Backlog. Her work can be viewed at

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