Amanda Hernández

Amanda Hernández was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on December 22, 1990. She is a poet, editor, and co-director of La Impresora. She studied Literature and Cultural Management at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. Amanda has independently published the following projects: Entre tanto amarillo (2016), El momento de las cosas (2017), Estrategias atómicas (2018). In 2019, she edited Memoriza: poemas para aprenderse de memoria, a game of “memory” that doubles as an anthology of contemporary Puerto Rican poetry. Her most recent work, La distancia es un lugar, was published by La Impresora in 2020. Amanda is inspired by “what I know, what I’ve lived, those experiences that are difficult to put into words, that attempt of understanding, what affects us, what has happened. It inspires me to know that shared words can create a sense of community, that words can also help define a country, an island.” About what it means to be a Letras Boricuas fellow, Amanda says, “To receive this fellowship means to me the opportunity to continue honoring my profession as a poet and editor. It represents the opportunity to continue dedicating my efforts to my poetic and editorial practice in the context of an island that benefits so much from the sensibilities poetry has to offer.”