Amanda Lovelace Poetry: Author Spotlight

I’m pretty sure it’s no secret that I love Amanda Lovelace poetry. She’s my favourite poet! I’ve written about my love of poetry a few times, like about poetry and mental health and on Book Riot. Today I want to spotlight Lovelace’s work, highlighting my favourite poems and collections, as well as providing reading order!

Amanda Lovelace Poetry

I’ve always known I love quotes and insta-style poetry because they help me process and understand my own feelings. I’m pretty sure I know why that is so true for me. I’ve recently been diagnosed with ADHD, and something that can go along with that is Alexythmia—difficulty identifying and describing your feelings/emotions. I’m pretty sure I have this, but I have not been formally diagnosed (yet). Getting the right diagnoses is a process.

The first time I read Amanda Lovelace’s poetry was when I was on a solo trip on the west coast. I picked up the princess saves herself in this one and read it in one sitting. Then proceeded to read it a second time, cover to cover, in that same sitting. I really connected with her woman-centric themes and simple language. It really paints vivid pictures in my mind triggering visceral reactions. I’ve shed more than one tear reading her work in public.

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting her when I was at Book Expo in 2018. She was on a panel about contemporary poetry and signing copies of the anthology [Dis]connected with other featured poets (including other favs Nikita Gill and Trista Mateer!). Right after the panel I ran up to the stage and gushed to Amanda and snapped a pic. It was such a joyous day.

Since then, I have gotten every one of her poetry collections. And adored them. I’ve also picked up the anthologies she has been a part of!

Women Are Some Kind of Magic series

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The Princess Saves Herself in This One (#1)

Paperback, 156 pages
Published April 23rd 2016 by CreateSpace
This is Amanda Lovelace’s first published collection! It was self-published and won the Goodreads Choice Award for poetry in 2016! Then she was picked up by Andrews McMeel and her books have been published through them since! This collection obviously got me hooked on her writing. These poems helped me through a rough patch when I wasn’t sure this princess could save herself. But she reminded me I’m the “motherfucking queen of myself.”

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One (#2)

Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
The second instalment in the women are some kind of magic series, I didn’t love it quite as much as the first but it still packs a punch! If you enjoyed the first one (which you obviously did or what are you even doing), you’ll like this one too!

The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One (#3) 

Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
I think this is my second favourite in the series. I loved the theme of voice and silence! If you haven’t read or don’t own any of this collection, I recommend grabbing the boxset! Please note I got a copy of this title for review, but it certainly didn’t influence my opinion–I was already obsessed 🙂

Things That H(a)unt series

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To Make Monsters Out of Girls (#1)

Hardcover, 168 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
This one came out in the fall of 2018 when I was on vacation in Alberta for my cousin’s wedding. It was also around the same time Netflix’s adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House was released. I remember going to the bookstore in West Edmonton Mall and getting a copy of the book, to make monsters out of girls, and Sawkill Girls by Clare Legrand. Every one of those was perfect for October and I highly recommend each of them (except the adaptation–which is only okay).

To Drink Coffee With a Ghost (#2) 

Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
I didn’t fully relate to this one as much as I related to her other work. I think this is because the main theme is mothers and issues in that relationship. I’m lucky enough to have a good relationship with my mom. There were still elements I could find in myself of course! This one is still great, I just didn’t have the same emotional reaction or connection (but that’s okay!). Please note I got a copy of this title for review!

You are Your Own Fairytale

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Break Your Glass Slippers (#1)

Paperback, 160 pages
Expected publication: March 17th 2020 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
This one comes out in two weeks and I couldn’t be more excited! Andrews McMeel sent me a copy and I devoured it in one sitting at my library’s cafe. I think this might be my new favourite of her books. It is SO good. Preorder! Now! I’ll be posting something exclusively about this one closer to the release date. Keep your eyes peeled 😉

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[Dis]connected: Poems and Stories of Connection and Otherwise

Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Central Avenue Publishing
This is the collection that got me a selfie with Amanda! At Book Expo 2018, she and some of the other authors were doing a panel and signing ARCs. It was a dream come true. This one is a little all over the please tbh, but Amanda is amazing as always.

Dragonhearts

Paperback, 138 pages
Published independently January 16th 2019
This is a self-published collection by my three faves: Amanda, Nikita Gill, and Trista Mateer. What an amazing combination! I think perhaps this collection could have benefitted from publishing house’s editing, but I still really enjoyed this.

His Hideous Heart

Hardcover, 480 pages
Published September 10, 2019 by Flatiron Books
Okay, look. I sort of forgot about this one. I’m not as good at keeping up with anthologies with multiple contributors. It sounds very interesting though! YA authors retelling Poe’s creeptastic poems? Sign me up.

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Slay Those Dragons: A Journal for Writing Your Own Story

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
This little journal is the perfect things to get you writing and healing. It’s worthwhile for the cover alone, if you ask me! Please note I got a copy of this for review!

Amanda Lovelace Poetry Book Order

There are a few different ways to read these collections! You can read them in publication order, one series at a time, or however you want! Today I’ll tell you the publication order as well as my own recommended reading order!

Publication Order

The princess saves herself in this one

The witch doesn’t burn in this one

To Make Monsters out of Girls

[Dis]connected

Dragonhearts

The mermaid’s voice returns in this one

Slay Those Dragons journal 

His Hideous Heart

To Drink coffee With a Ghost

Break your glass slippers

Recommended Order

To be honest, I don’t think it totally matters what order you read these books in. No matter what order you choose, I think you’ll get what you need from them, and you won’t be missing something. While her collections are in series, they are companions not sequels. So, I recommend reading them in what ever order calls to you. Which one do you want to read first? But if I have to give an answer, here it is 😉

Slay Those Dragons

Grab the journal first so you can take notes and jot down thoughts as you read!

Women are some kind of magic series

This series is quintessential Amanda Lovelace. I recommend checking out the book that started it all, the princess saves herself in this one. Then continue with the series in order. It’s so good and the perfect introduction to the poet.

Break your glass slippers

This collection has a feel to it that is similar to the women are some kind of magic series. So if you really enjoy that series, you’re going to love this start to a new series.

Dragonhearts

This collection was published independently by Amanda Lovelace and the poets Nikita Gill and Trista Mateer. It’s a joint effort that introduces you to some of Lovelace’s contemporaries as well.

Things that H(a)unt series

This series is a bit different and best enjoyed in the autumn, in my opinion! There is a bit of a halloween/spooky feel to these collections.

The anthologies

I don’t know which I’d suggest reading first universally. However, if you’re big into the retelling aspect and love YA, definitely jam with His Hideous Heart. If not, [Dis]connected is the way to go!

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