Amanda Bristow

With a background in publishing and music, and continued work as a freelance writer and theater manager, Amanda keeps good communication flowing here at PCA.

  • I’m from  Somerville, MA (I've lived in the Inman Square area for 20+ years!).

  • My education  BA, Bennington College; MFA Boston University

  • Notable accomplishments/awards  Recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize

  • Community service  I volunteer at the Somerville Community Garden.

  • Why PCA?  It has a welcoming culture and is focused on meeting community needs.

  • I love Cambridge because  of the opportunities it presents to learn and absorb culture through its promotion of academic scholarship and the arts. I also love its deep history in social justice and community support initiatives.

  • I’m inspired by  the natural world, poetry, cinema and 1960s and '70s American underground culture.

  • I’m concerned about  the future of our global biome as well as Americans' access to healthcare.

  • The most inspiring part of my job is  getting to facilitate real educational opportunities for PCA employees to help keep them up to date and knowledgeable in their field.

  • On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me  making pancakes.

  • The nerdiest thing I do in my spare time  Collect rare old books on esoterica and oddities

  • Cats or dogs?  Cats!

  • Coffee or tea?  Tea

  • Favorite place in the PCA office  The roof garden