Student Spotlight with Amanda Silberling

Penn Current
February 18, 2016

A CREATIVE LIFE: Amanda Silberling is a poet, music journalist, and photographer—an all-around curious person with numerous creative pursuits. A sophomore in the College majoring in English, Silberling says she began focusing on journalism and creative writing during her sophomore year of high school. She joined the school newspaper and participated in a summer writing program at Kenyon College, where she was exposed to contemporary poetry for the first time.

ON PHOTOGRAPHY: When Silberling first came to Philadelphia as a freshman, she says she approached Jamie-Lee Josselyn, associate director for recruitment at Kelly Writers House, for ways she could continue doing music journalism, which she had started in high school. Silberling was connected with the blog Rock On Philly—and writing for that publication led her to try her hand at photography. “This is something I felt would be fun, so I started renting cameras from Van Pelt and taught myself on-the-job how to use a DSLR, which is difficult,” Silberling says. “I took a photography class the spring semester of my freshman year and then I ended up declaring a fine arts minor. So now I’m trying to get more into fine art photography, in addition to photojournalism.”

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