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A video interview with

Mary Amato

Mary Amato is an award-winning children’s and YA book author, poet, playwright, and songwriter. Amato divides her time between writing and teaching writing — through classroom workshops and residencies, all-school assemblies, library programs, and teacher workshops.  Amato has led writing workshops for children in poetry, song writing, fiction, mystery, and folktales, as well as workshops for teachers focusing on revision, creating character, and writer’s notebooks.

You can watch the interview below, view the interview transcript, read a short biography of Amato, or see a selected list of her books. (This video is also available on YouTube.)

Biography

Mary Amato is an award-winning children’s and YA book author, poet, playwright, and songwriter. Her books have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for television, produced onstage, and have won the children’s choice awards in Ohio, Minnesota, Utah, and Arizona.

She teaches popular workshops on writing and the creative process around the country. Amato has written articles, essays, and poems for magazines and newspapers, including Muse, Cicada, The Washington Post, Parenting and Mothering.

In graduate school, Amato studied fiction writing and poetry at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. Learn more at the official Mary Amato website.

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