Now Scheduling for 2023-2024!
(In-Person & Virtual Visits)
I am delighted to visit schools and events as an author, either speaking to large assembly groups or teaching smaller writing workshops.
My work with children in this regard focuses on: reading poetry, performing poetry, sharing writing ideas, and telling poem backstories, from moment of spark through revision and editing. Please contact me through e-mail if you would like to discuss the possibility of such a visit to your school or event.
"Amy’s engaging presentations were bursting with wise and inspiring words. She has a remarkable way of connecting with students and teachers, making poetry accessible to all. Her visit filled our school with joy!"
Dr. Kristie Miner
Tioughnioga Riverside Academy
Whitney Point, NY
"Amy's poetry writing workshops were a highlight of our school year. Amy kicked off our Poetry Month with inspirational lessons that had the most reluctant students writing creative, and heart-felt poems. Amy 's command of the classroom is commendable, and her support for the teachers was felt even after her visit. Students and teachers were left with a toolbox full of ideas and techniques to use when writing poetry. A must have for any school looking to add fun and educational programming to their classrooms."
"The energy Amy brought and the inspiration she helped students find all around them was amazing. Amy's enthusiasm is contagious, and she so masterfully kept the classroom functioning while allowing students to find their voices. Her visit today was everything we could have hoped for and more!"
PTA Cultural Arts Coordinator
Seely Place Elementary
“Amy is a master at helping teachers help children to see and notice things around them and seek out the stories in everything.”
2nd Grade Teacher
Jefferson Avenue School
“Amy helps students, from the very youngest to the very oldest, find inspiration and see the world with poet's eyes. She's helped some of our most reluctant writers find themselves in new words and images they never knew were there!”
Thomas Marshall, Principal
Stony Lane Elementary
“With each story, Amy takes the audience on a playful journey through the writing process that is so inspiring both children and adults alike can't help but to believe that they too, can be writers, poets, and even published authors!”
Lisa Blake, Principal
Pembroke Primary School
Working with large groups of students, I share the sounds and stories of The Poem Farm. Acting out poems, playing with meter and rhythm, holding objects from the natural world, students learn to develop their own eyes and ears for finding and shaping the poems of their lives. While this program varies depending on the age of participating students, its focus remains the same: from silly to serious, poems can change us from the inside out…as readers, as writers, as humans.
I am comfortable teaching a variety of workshops to students of all ages. From finding ideas to keeping notebooks to revising writing to reading others’ texts for craft, I strive to deepen students’ understandings of how writers move between many ways of thinking.
Bookended with an assembly and a celebration of student writing, a two to five-day residency allows for exploration into finding writing ideas, structuring these ideas, and using literary techniques to make them sing.
Annual Grade Level Assemblies
Some school districts choose to schedule a poetry assembly for one particular grade as a special literary event each year. I am happy to travel to three different school buildings in one day to share poetry with one grade level as a yearly poetry launch or celebration.
Our school absolutely loved our time with Amy. The most common comment I received was -- we wish we had more time. A week was not long enough!
Weston Altman, Library Teacher