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Amanda Marbais

Senior Lecturer

  • 312.915.6501
  • Lewis Towers
  • Education
    • MFA in Writing, 2006 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    • B.A., 1995 from Mount Vernon Nazarene University

    An accomplished writer who has also been awarded fellowships for the development of coursework for online classes, Marbais teaches courses on fiction writing and literature at SCPS. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Courses Taught

    "Amanda really cared whether or not the students were progressing in her class. I would definitely take another class from this teacher. Learning the different critical analysis theories really helped me to understand not only fiction in culture, but previous theological and sociological references/discussions. Her weekly video lectures kept everyone current and on point. She is witty and engaging which helped to clarify complicated topics."


    • 2023 Nominee, Magi Award for Part-Time Instructors
    • 2022, 2023 Nominee, SCPS Faculty Award, Loyola University
    • 2018 Winner, “Claiming a Body”, Moon City Short Fiction Award, Moon City Press
    • 2018 Finalist, “This is Not My Story”, New American Press Fiction Award
    • 2017 Finalist, “The Calumet River”, Noir Novel Contest, North American Review Press, University of Northern Iowa
    • 2016 LMS Fellowship, Center for Teaching Excellence, Columbia College Chicago
    • 2015 LMS Fellowship, Center for Teaching Excellence, Columbia College Chicago
    • 2014, 2015 Nominee, Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Loyola University
    • 2015 Nominee, Center for Teaching Excellence Teaching Award, Columbia College Chicago
    • 2015, 2016 Finalist, “We Are Not Each Other”, Moon City Press Short Fiction Award
    • 2015 Finalist, “We Are Not Each Other”, Subito Press 2015 Fiction Award, University of Colorado Boulder
    • 2015 Finalist, “We Are Not Each Other”, 2015 Winged Chapbook Contest, Argus House Press
    • 2015 Semifinalist, “We Are Not Each Other”, Tarpaulin Sky 2015 Book Contest


    Amanda Marbais’s fiction has appeared in Hobart, SmokeLong Quarterly, Joyland and elsewhere. She was featured in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading series and was shortlisted in the New York Times Book Review for her debut short story collection Claiming a Body (Moon City Press 2019).