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Georgia Heard

Georgia Heard holds an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University. She is the recipient of the 2023 Excellence in Poetry for Children Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. Georgia has written numerous children’s books, including Welcome to the Wonder House (co-authored with Rebecca Kai Dotlich), My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness, and Boom! Bellow! Bleat!: Animal Poems for Two Or More Voices.

She has also authored many books on teaching writing and poetry, including the forthcoming second edition of Awakening the Heart: Teaching Poetry and Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Student Writing about which she gave a TEDx talk titled “Mapping Your Heart.” She also co-authored A Field Guide to the Heart: Poems of Love, Comfort, and Loss with Rebecca Kai Dotlich.

She has served on the NCTE Children’s Poetry Awards Committee and on the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award committee. Additionally, Georgia is the founder of The Poet’s Studio, an online platform that offers writing workshops.

For more information about Georgia, you can visit her website at and follow her on Twitter and Instagram with the handle @georgiaheard1.

“Rebecca [Kai Dotlich] and Georgia [Heard] encouraged us with joyful, inquisitive and  nourishing remarks as we gingerly or promptly waded into their poetry prompts.”

“Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard are amazing apart and absolutely magical together. Smart, approachable, creative and supportive. Would attend ANY workshop with either of them again.”

“Georgia and Rebecca were amazing, fun presenters, knew their stuff, gave lots of information, supportive. One-on-one session was very valuable. Their choice of poems was on-spot to exemplify the lesson. Assignments and feedback were valuable. Open, friendly, knowledgeable, honest. What you hope to get!!!”

“Georgia & Rebecca were incredible. The workshop was the perfect blend of instruction, writing, group reading, feedback and guest speakers. Georgia and Rebecca took the time to become “part of the group,” appearing to have as much fun with us as we had with them.”

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