Mary Amato, Adjunct Faculty

Mary Amato is a teacher, poet, playwright, songwriter, dancer, and award-winning children’s author of nine books. Among her most recent titles are: Invisible LinesThe Chicken of the FamilyPlease Write in This Book, and, in her Riot Brothers series, Take the Mummy and Run: The Riot Brothers are on a Roll. Her many awards and honors include the Buckeye Children’s Book Award 2009; Fellowship for Children’s Novel-in-Progress, The Heekin Foundation; Grant for Work-in-Progress, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI); SCBWI National Magazine Merit Award; AZLA Young Readers’ Award; Arts in Education Grant, Target; Grant in the Arts, The Washington Post; Visiting Artist Grants, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the Keisler Prize for Poetry, Indiana University. She gives popular workshops for writers, students, and teachers around the nation.

A graduate of the Writing Program’s fiction concentration, Mary also has lectured at various co-sponsored conferences and in the program’s all-day seminar Writing for Young Readers. She studied dance and special education at Indiana University. She performs regularly with Two-Piece Suit, a vocal/guitar duo. Her articles, essays, and poems have appeared in Muse, Cicada, The Washington Post, Parenting and Mothering. For more information about Mary, see her website and blog at She lives in Maryland.

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