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Amber McBride is currently a professor at the University of Virginia. She received her BA in English from James Madison University in 2010 and acquired her MFA in Poetry from Emerson College in 2012. She is a National Book Award Finalist and a Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award Winner. 

Amber is the former media assistant at The Furious Flower Poetry Center where she worked putting together programs and readings to honor African American poets and writers including Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and Nikki Giovanni.

Amber is also a poet. Her poetry has appeared in various literary magazines including Ploughshares, Provincetown Arts, DecomP, The Cincinnati Review, The Rumpus and others. She writes Middle Grade, Adult and Young Adult fiction.

Originally from everywhere, Amber was born in Heidelberg, Germany. She moved to the Charlottesville area in 2018 and loves calling Albemarle County home.

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Amber McBride estimates she reads about 100 books a year. Her work has been published in literary magazines including Ploughshares and Provincetown Arts. Her debut young adult novel, Me (Moth) was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won the 2022 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent, among many other accolades. She is a professor of creative writing at University of Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Amber McBride is an English professor at the University of Virginia. She also low key practices Hoodoo and high key devours books (100 or so a year keep her well fed). She is a bit of a book dragon; she collects more than she reads. In her spare time she enjoys pretending it is Halloween everyday, organizing her crystals, watching K-dramas and accidentally scrolling through TikTok for 3 hours at a time. She believes in ghosts and she believes in you.


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