The Wanderers

IMG_8558Wandering poet Amanda-Elizabeth Abend explores literature and nature, seeking to find intellectual and spiritual growth. A student and artist, Mandy energetically and optimistically drifts, grounding herself in experience and discovery. Embracing her meandering roam, she considers herself an adventurer, a conservator, a humanitarian; a wanderer. Her poems have been previously published in the 2014 Spring issue of the Aztec Literary Review.

Amanda-Elizabeth’s favorite journeys include Lost Horizon by James Hilton, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, the poetry of Pablo Neruda and Allan Ginsberg, and the endearingly romantic Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.


Hayley Spence enjoys wandering along paths in mystical realms, places Stream-1-3463that can only be found on a page or a screen. From lands we’re familiar with like Pern and Middle Earth, to new lands yet to be discovered, she has a passion for the unreal, the fantasy in the world and the lessons those fantasies can give us. With a love for both film and literature, an uncanny obsession with Disney and the imagination of a child, she does not always dabble in just literature, but also photography and music. Always wandering, with her eclectic personality.

Hayley’s Favorite Journey’s:

  • The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Week


comic picLiterary wanderer, Iyari Padilla-Hernandez enjoys being transported into the diverse landscapes, times and journeys of various characters of literary works. She seeks to explore the powerful language behind many of the written works on the human (or intellectual) experience. When not embracing her bibliophile tendencies, Iyari enjoys photography, film watching and spending time with family.

Iyari’s Favorite Literary Journeys:

  •  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle


Nia Hilton was born at a very young age. When she isn’t nursing her 040addiction to food, she enjoys being on stage as an actress and behind stage as a lighting designer. Ever since she could decipher the word “cauliflower” before the rest of her kindergarten reading group, she knew that books would be prevalent throughout her life. She enjoys wandering down paths that haunt her dreams, roads that dip into the chasms of history, and trails littered with adolescent angst.  Sometimes she’ll indulge in classy, hipster things (but mainly she’ll eat cheese puffs on the couch).

Favorite Literary Journeys:

  • Wake up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames
  • The Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Poirot (series) by Agatha Christie
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne
  • The Twits by Roald Dahl

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