My best writing and my happiness grow from the small scraps of daily life. I love taking a tiny observation and lingering there, twirling a thought or memory into a poem. Having grown up with lots of books and room to run and play, my work celebrates simple things in the hope that children will recognize beauty in their own days.
I grew up in the town of Vestal, NY and now live in Holland, NY a cozy community south of Buffalo, NY. For the past thirteen years, I have worked as a writing teacher, teaching students and teachers about writing style and process. At the same time, I am a wife and mom, a knitter and bread baker, a reader and valet to many animals.
You can find my poetry in magazines, anthologies, and all through my blog, The Poem Farm, where I wrote and posted a new children's poem and lesson each day for one year from April 2010 - April 2011. I continue to post there weekly, sharing poems, poem links, and poetry ideas for the classroom. In addition, I blog at Sharing Our Notebooks, a place where I post others' photos and words about their notebooks and thinking process. I maintain a website at www.amylv.com and tweet at @amylvpoemfarm.
Am I superstitious? Not really, but I do throw eyelashes (my own and others) over the shoulder for good luck!
My debut book, FOREST HAS A SONG, is a poetry picture book. It is an enchanted literary walk in the woods, complete with chickadees, moss, maple trees, and deer. I am grateful to have Robbin Gourley as the illustrator of this book, and I look so forward to seeing how she brings these poems to life in watercolor. I am also lucky enough to be represented by Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown Ltd.