Amanda Gaines is a creative nonfiction student in the PhD program at Oklahoma State University. She writes primarily nonfiction and poetry. She's an Appalachian writer, born and raised in southern West Virginia. She's interested in possession and consumption, how the body manifests grief, rage, memory, and joy, how popular culture informs and shapes our understanding of self, especially when looking at feminine forms. She's currently working on a surreal, narrative poetry collection surrounding an impetuous angel on Earth. She's also working on a flash, experimental collection of essays that explore horror and the body. She's a writing consultant and teacher at OK State.