Amanda Irene Rush has been a psychiatric nurse since 2007, helping people, like Joey, the protagonist in “Fifty Million Cents,” through chaotic times. But writing has always been her first love. In 2018, she graduated with an MFA in creative nonfiction from Ashland University. Her work has appeared in The Bellevue Literary Review and in the anthology The Way We Work (Vanderbilt Press University Press, 2008). “Fifty Million Cents” is her first story published by a national consumer magazine. For more of her work, visit

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