Amanda E. Machado 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. After teaching 9th grade English as a Teach for America corps member, she spent fifteen months backpacking South America, South Asia, Western Europe and the Western United States. Since then, she has written and facilitated on topics of social justice and adventure and lived in cities like Cape Town, Havana, Mexico City, Berlin, and Rio de Janeiro.
Amanda has been published in The Atlantic, Guernica, The Washington Post, Slate, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, NBC News, Vox, The Week, Outside, REI Co-Op Journal, Quartz, Sierra Magazine, and others, and has worked as a social justice editor for Matador Network, the world’s largest independent travel magazine. 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 her 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 is currently working on her MFA in Nonfiction Writing at Saint Mary’s College.