Amanda Irene Rush is the author of The Gathering Girl, a memoir published in 2023 by Publish Her Press. Her essays and short stories have appeared in Vanderbilt Press’ 2008 anthology The Way We Work, The Bellevue Literary Review, Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog, The Saturday Evening Post’s online magazine, Peatsmoke, and Black Fork Review. One of her short stories, “Too Good to Be Forgotten,” was nominated in 2022 for the Pushcart Prize.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she studied Ancient Greek and Existentialism. Years later, she earned a Master of Sciences in Nursing from the Ohio State University. Years later still, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Ashland University.

A psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2008, she now operates a solo mental health practice where she does everything from cleaning the toilet to writing prescriptions.

She lives and writes in bucolic Champaign County, Ohio in a house she and her husband built out of discarded things. If you’re interested, you can visit their page on Facebook. She and her husband are caretakers to a dog (Toby), four cats (Libby, Moxie, Little Bill, and KiKi), and a tortoise (Tortie).

She would like to thank her tens and tens of followers on Twitter (@AmandaIrene72) for their ongoing support.