Amy Woolard is a writer and legal aid attorney working on juvenile justice, school-to-prison pipeline, safety net, health, criminal justice reform, and poverty policy issues in Virginia, with a focus on legislative & administrative policy development & advocacy.

She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Her poems have appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, Fence, Virginia Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Guernica, and Gulf Coast, among many others, and garnered prizes from Indiana Review, Smartish Pace, and Puerto del Sol, and a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center.

Her essays have appeared in Slate, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, and The Rumpus, as well as Virginia Quarterly Review, which awarded her the Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction in 2016.

She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.