Workshops & Instruction


INDIVIDUAL Instruction

Are you in interested in starting, restarting, or finishing a poetry project? Do you want to return to writing after a considerable hiatus? No matter what your level, I  can work with you directly if you desire one-on-one assistance. You may want weekly individualized prompts and critiques to get you started, help with revision, suggestions for reading and/or advice on publishing. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

Group Workshops

I give workshops, ideally for  groups of 4-10. These can always be tailored to your group's specific needs: they may be generative, critique-oriented,  focused on craft or form, or a combination of elements. Classes are generally held in Albuquerque, but could be offered in Santa Fe or other places in New Mexico. 

Manuscript Work

Do you have a complete or nearly complete manuscript and don't know quite what to do with it? I can read it and provide a three-to-five page critique, in which I'll make suggestions about individual poems, ordering, what to keep (and perhaps discard), title(s), etc. I'll also give my thoughts on where to publish work that has not yet appeared in a journal.


I love studying with Amy: her prompts send me off in wild directions & encourage me to expand my subject matter & voice. She also tailor-designs generative workshops for my critique group, keeping a perfect balance of learning and creating. Her exercises, like her prompts, are interesting and fruitful.
— Mikki Aronoff
Amy is a deliberate teacher whose poems reflect her erudition. Her classes, like her language-rich verse, challenge and surprise.
— Aaron Padilla