Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is a writer and teacher living on Heart Rock Farm (The Poem Farm) in Holland, NY. She is author of FOREST HAS A SONG (Clarion, 2013) and co-author with Stephanie Parsons and Lucy Calkins of POETRY: BIG THOUGHTS IN SMALL PACKAGES (Heinemann, 2013). Amy also has two poetry books under contract: READING TIME (Boyds Mills Press, date TBA) and WITH MY HANDS: POEMS ABOUT MAKING THINGS (Clarion, date TBA). In addition to poetry, Amy has written local NPR commentaries as well as a column for EDIBLE BUFFALO. She also blogs regularly at The Poem Farm and hosts the blog Sharing Our Notebooks.
Amy currently serves on the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. A former fifth grade teacher, Amy earned her BA in English from SUNY Geneseo and her MA at Teachers College, Columbia University where she also worked at the Reading and Writing Project. Over the past 13 years, she has taught hundreds of teachers and children about writing style and process. Amy gives teacher workshops in and out of classrooms, demonstrating how to implement a writing workshop, study literature, and confer with students.
Learn more about Amy's work in schools at her website.
Visit the growing collection of notebook-peeks at Sharing Our Notebooks.
Watch Amy teach writing workshop mini lessons here.
Visit Amy's Amazon author page here.
For More Information:
June 2010 Article about Structure at Two Writing Teachers
October 2010 Poem Farm Feature at Melissa Wiley's Here in the Bonny Glen
January 2011 Interview of Amy with Toby Speed at The Writer's Armchair
April 2011 Potluck Visit to Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup
April 2012 Interview of Amy with Renee LaTulippe at No Water River
April 2012 Article about Revision at Laura Shovan's Author Amok
November 2012 Dictionary Hike Feature by Mary Lee Hahn at Choice Literacy (Members Only)
December 2012 Interview with Jone MacCulloch at Check It Out
December 2012 Poem Farm Feature at Tara's A Teaching Life
April 2013 TV Interview on Winging It! Buffalo Style
April 2013 Author-In Residence Featured Posts at ReaderKidz
Feature of FOREST HAS A SONG
Author-In-Residence Welcome at READERKIDZ
"What's Your Story, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater?"
"How I Became a Writer and Other Tidbits"
"Dear Reader" Letter to Students
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
7571 Raiber Road
Holland, NY 14080
amy at amy lv dot com