Mandy Gardner, A Space of One's Own

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Amanda Gardner


This paper uses the framework of Virginia Woolf's Room of One's Own to discuss why there is a paucity of modern "homeless literature," meaning literature by people who have experienced homelessness about that experience. The paper concludes that lack of space - be it lack of housing but also lack of public space to accommodate people who are homeless - contributes to this lacuna.

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Gardner, A. Mandy Gardner, A Space of One’s Own. AmeriQuests, 14(2).
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Amanda Gardner, Community Artist

Amanda Gardner, Ph.D., is a writer and community artist living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has facilitated creative writing workshops for people experiencing homelessness, incarceration and mental illness. She is the co-author of the National Endowment for the Arts-funded Prison Arts Resource Project (, the first annotated bibliography of evidence-based research into U.S. correctional arts programs.