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Amanda Peters is a mixed race Mi’kmaw/Settler author whose work has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Antigonish Review, and Grain Magazine. She is nominated for a 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for her story “Waiting For the Long Night.” In 2017, she won the Budge Wilson Short Story Prize and was chosen to participate in the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program offered by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). Peters lives in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She was selected as a 2021 Writers' Trust Rising Star by Katherena Vermette.

Program History

2021 Rising Star

Rising Stars

Selected by

Katherena Vermette


Amanda Peters is a shining light. Her fiction embraces generations and through it, every one of her characters comes alive in every way. They each have a unique voice and being, but somehow all feel connected, to each other, to me, to all readers. I am so excited to read more of the stories she has to share from Mi’kma’ki.