Amanda Sparks was born in Atlanta in 1976 and received a B.A. from Agnes Scott College and an M.F.A. in printmaking from Hunter College in New York. After living in New York for six years, she returned to the South where she fostered a deep love for the estate sales that continue to supply her growing collection of vintage books, the primary source material for her work. Sparks moved to Memphis in 2010 to work on the Crosstown Concourse project where she is currently the Residency Director for Crosstown Arts. Known fondly by her co-workers and friends as “Sparks," she lives with her husband (but would prefer to leave that part of the bio out to prove that she doesn’t really need him) and two young sons.