Amanda (Amy) N. Fish, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate (previously held)
Boston University
Kilachand Honors College

Amy (Amanda) Fish researches young people’s role in United States literature and culture. Her current project shows how child writers of color generated influential literary responses to U. S. society in the late 1960s and early 1970s, during the decline of the civil rights movement and dawn of the War on Crime. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard University with a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She served for four years on the editorial team of Transition: The Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora, for which she guest-edited a 2016 special issue on childhood. Her work is forthcoming in The Lion and the Unicorn and in the Palgrave volume Literary Cultures and Twentieth-Century Childhoods.

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  1. Fish AN, Howard K, Hoyte C. ‘Mouth full & dripping with language’: The 2022 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. The Lion and the Unicorn. 2022; 46.
  2. Fish AN. Agency in Absentia: Child Authorship under Racial Oppression in The Me Nobody Knows. The Lion and the Unicorn. 2020; 44:56-77.
  3. Fish AN, Quashie K. A Subjunctive Imagining: June Jordan’s Who Look at Me and the Condition of Black Agency. Literary Cultures and Twentieth Century Childhoods. 2020.
  4. Fish AN. 'Leave Us Good News’: Collective Narratives of Migration in Edwidge Danticat’s Mama’s Nightingale. Research on Diversity in Youth Literature. 2020.
  5. Fish AN. “Dreaming ‘for Real’: June Jordan’s His Own Where as Youth History. Special Issue: Brownies’ Book at 100, The Lion and the Unicorn. 2019; 43:196-214.
  6. Fish AN. “Making Afro-Urban Magic,” interview with Zetta Elliott. Transition: The Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora. 2016; 121:70-80.
  7. Fish AN. Introduction to Special Issue: “Childhood”. Transition: The Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora. 2016; 121:16-21.

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2020 Children’s Literature Association: Judith Plotz Emerging Scholar Award, Honorable Mention
2017 Graduate Society, Harvard University: Merit Research Fellowship
2016 Derek Bok Center, Harvard University: Distinction in Teaching
2016 Charles Warren Center, Harvard University: Term-Time Research Grant
2015 David Rockefeller Center, Harvard University: Summer Research Grant
2014 Harvard University: Graduate Society Pre-Dissertation Summer Fellowship
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