Georgia Heard

Georgia Heard is the NCTE 2023 Excellence in Poetry for Children Award Winner. She received her MFA in poetry from Columbia University and is a founding member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project where she coached teachers and students in the NYC public schools in writing and poetry.

She is the author of 20 books including her newest Welcome to the Wonder House (co-authored with Rebecca Kai Dotlich), as well as My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness, and Boom! Bellow! Bleat!: Animal Poems for Two Or More Voices. Georgia’s poems have also been widely anthologized in books and journals.

She is also the author of numerous professional books on teaching writing and poetry including Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School which was cited by Instructor Magazine as one of the “10 Books Every Teacher Should Read,” and Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Student Writing about which she was invited to give a TEDX talk: Mapping Your Heart. Her book of poems written during Covid, A Field Guide to the Heart: Poems of Love, Comfort & Hope (co-authored with Rebeccai Kai Dotlich), was published in 2021. Georgia lives in Singer Island, Florida with her family. Find her at www.georgiaheard.com or on Twitter and Instagram at @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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