Amanda E. Machado (she/they) is a writer, public speaker and facilitator whose work explores how race, gender, sexuality, and power affect the way we travel and experience the outdoors. Their work has been published in The Atlantic, Guernica, The Washington Post, Slate, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, NBC News, Vox, Outside, Sierra Magazine, and others. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, NPR, National Geographic, Travel and Leisure, Longreads, Jezebel, the Climate One podcast, the She Explores podcast, and several other publications, radio programs, and blogs.
In addition to their essay writing, Amanda also is a public speaker and workshop facilitator on issues of justice and anti-oppression for organizations around the world including Patagonia, The North Face, Backcountry, University of California Berkeley, Seattle Public Library, Breakthrough Institute, The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, HipCamp, Kampgrounds of America (KOA), and many others. She is also the founder of Reclaiming Nature Writing, a multi-week online workshop that expands how we tell stories about nature in a way that considers issues like ancestry, colonization, migration trauma, and more.
Amanda has a degree in English Literature and Nonfiction Writing from Brown University, and currently lives on unceded Ohlone land in Oakland.