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Amy Small-Mckinney

b. 1948

Current City, State, Country

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


Amy Small-McKinney is the author of two full-length books, Walking Toward Cranes (Glass Lyre Press, The Kithara Book Prize, 2016) and Life is Perfect (BookArts Press, 2014), as well as three chapbooks. Her most recent chapbook, One Day I Am A Field, was written during COVID and her husband’s illness and death (Glass Lyre Press, 2022). For the 2020 virtual AWP, she co-moderated an interactive discussion, “Writing Through Grief & Loss: The Intersection of Social and Personal Grief During COVID.” Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including American Poetry Review, Baltimore Review, Comstock Review, Connotation Press, Ilanot Review, Indianapolis Review, Pedestal Magazine, Tiferet, and SWWIM, among others. She was also a guest editor for Pedestal Magazine. She was the 2011 Montgomery County Poet Laureate (PA), selected by Chris Bursk. Small-McKinney’s poems also appear in several anthologies, for example, Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Abuse and Oppression of Women and 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium. Her poems have also been translated into Korean and Romanian, and her book reviews have appeared in journals, such as Prairie Schooner and Matter. Small-McKinney has a degree in Clinical Neuropsychology from Drexel University and an MFA in Poetry from Drew University. She resides in Philadelphia, where she teaches community poetry workshops, both privately and as part of conferences, as well as independent students.

Published Works

Poetry, Full-Length
Walking Toward Cranes (Glass Lyre Press, 2017; Winner of Kithara Book Prize 2016)
Life is Perfect (BookArts Press, 2013)

Poetry, Chapbooks
One Day I Am A Field (Glass Lyre Press, 2022)
Body of Surrender (Finishing Line Press 2014)
Clear Moon, Frost (Finishing Line Press, 2009) 

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Undergraduate: Penn State
Graduate: Drexel University, Clinical Neuropsychology
Graduate: Drew University, MFA in Poetry

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