Amelia Kahaney grew up an easily sunburnt child in Del Mar, CA, a coastal town in San Diego County known for perfect weather, great waves, and a world-class race track. After flunking out of surf camp due to lack of coordination, she spent her summers nurturing obsessions with all things Alice in Wonderland, Sweet Valley High and Flowers in the Attic.
When she was 15, Amelia moved to the Big Island of Hawaii. She was the tallest girl at her high school until a Croatian foreign exchange student arrived senior year to claim the title (thanks, Ivana!). In Hawaii, Amelia wrote approximately two thousand bad poems, played on the soccer team, watched hot lava flow from the island’s active volcano, and spent inordinate amounts of time trying to park her gigantic car, a ’71 Ford Galaxie.
Amelia went to college at UC Santa Cruz, where she studied European Literature and developed a deep appreciation for drum circles. In 2001, Amelia moved to New York City with a giant suitcase, vague plans, and high hopes. Ten apartments and half a dozen jobs later—including envelope stuffer, truck driver, film crew member, receptionist, landmine eradication advocate, and grantwriter—she began to study fiction writing at Brooklyn College.
She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband Gabriel Sanders and their four-year-old son Ezra. Her short stories have been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, One Story, Crazyhorse and other literary magazines, and she has taught or tutored writing at Brooklyn College, The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and The New School. When she’s not writing, teaching, or spending time with her family, Amelia can be found exploring the outer reaches of Brooklyn on her bike, hosting impromptu dance parties in her living room, and dreaming up new superpowers for the next installment of her debut YA book series, The Brokenhearted.