Georgia Heard received her M.F.A. in poetry writing from Columbia University. She is a founding member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in New York City. Currently, she visits schools in the United States and around the world teaching writing and poetry. She is the author of many books on teaching writing including: A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades(co-authored with Jennifer McDonough, Stenhouse, 2009); Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School (Heinemann, 1998); For the Good of the Earth and Sun: Teaching Poetry (Heinemann, 1989); The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques that Work (Heinemann, 2002); Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way (Heinemann); and Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the School Year (co-authored with Lester Laminack, Firsthand, Heinemann, 2007). Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School was recently cited by Instructor Magazine as one of the 12 Books Every Teacher Should Read. She is also the author/editor of several children's books including: Falling Down the Page: List Poems (Roaring Brook Press, 2009), This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort (Candlewick Press, 2006), Creatures of Earth, Sea and Sky (Boyds Mills Press, 1999), and Songs of Myself: An Anthology of Poems and Art (Mondo, 2001). She lives with her husband and son on Singer Island, Florida.