Amanda Hale has been writing for over 30 years. She is a novelist and poet, has written for theatre and worked in journalism, publishing articles on theatre, film, literature and various cultural and political events. She has an M.A. in Creative Writing Drama from Concordia University, Montreal, and has taught creative writing at University level and in Continuing Ed. She was a founding member of Toronto's feminist theatre group, Company of Sirens, and of Red Tree Visual Arts.
She has travelled and worked extensively in Europe, North Africa, India, Latin America and the Caribbean. She has exhibited her art in Galleries across Canada, and in England; and has painted murals in Guatemala and Cuba with Toronto artist, Lynn Hutchinson. Together they presented an art installation at Casa Guayasamin, Havana, in 2006, and collaborated on a mural with Cuban arts group, Muraleando. In Spring 2008 Amanda and Lynn presented 'Ololo' at Casa Guayasamin, together with a dance performance by Danza Teatro Retazos. 'Ololo' is an exhibition of large drawings on the theme of global surveillance
Her first novel, Sounding the Blood, was published by Raincoast Books in 2001. It was a finalist for the BC Relit Awards and was voted one of the Top Ten novels of 2001 by Toronto's Now Magazine. Sounding the Blood has been on reading lists for literature courses at University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Western Washington and University of Victoria. The book was released in the U.S. in the Fall of 2002, and has been translated into Czech. It is being read by students of Canadian Literature at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Sounding the Blood was optioned as a feature film for one year by Spiderweb Pictures of Toronto.
Her second novel The Reddening Path, was published by Thistledown Press in 2007. A Spanish edition was released in June 2008 by Verdecielo of Panama. The Reddening Path is also available from Thistledown Press as an AudioBook.
Her third novel, My Sweet Curiosity, was longlisted for the 2010 Relit award for fiction.
She has published two poetry chapbooks, Crocodile Sugar, 2005, with Lynn Hutchinson, and Pomegranate, a tale of remembering, 2007.
Over the past 20 years her poetry and short stories have appeared in Canadian and U.S. magazines, including Arc, Grain, Event, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, Room of One's Own, Other Voices, Contemporary Verse II, Branching Out, Dark Horse, Poetry Canada Review, Minus Tides, The New Quarterly. She won the 2008 Prism International Creative Non-Fiction Award for "The Death of Pedro Iván," and was a finalist for the Malahat Review's Creative Non-Fiction Award with "Señora Amable Ponce."
In the Embrace of the Alligator, a collection of short fictions set in Cuba was published by Thistledown Press in the spring of 2011. In the Embrace of the Alligator is available as an e-book. It has been translated into Spanish and this also will soon be available as an e-book . Amanda has completed a screenplay adaptation of her first novel, Sounding the Blood, and has a fourth novel in progress – Mad Hatter, as well as a second collection of Cuban stories. She divides her time between Hornby Island, Toronto, and Cuba.