Georgia Heard is an internationally known writer, keynote speaker and educational consultant. Thousands of educators and writers have listened to Ms.Heard speak of her passion for poetry and writing. She has keynoted hundreds of conferences and given workshops on writing throughout the United States as well as in Sweden, Canada, and Southeast Asia and she has brought her love of writing to classrooms throughout the United States. Ms Heard is the author of several books on teaching poetry and writing including her most recent title, The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work(Heinemann, 2002), the popular Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School (Heinemann, 1998), an inspirational and practical book for educators on how to engender a love of poetry among students, Writing Towards Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way (Heinemann, 1995) and For the Good of the Earth and Sun: Teaching Poetry (Heinemann, 1987). She is also the author of three children's poetry books,Creatures of Earth, Sea, and Sky (Boyds Mill Press, 1995), a collection about animals,Songs of Myself: An Anthology of Poetry and Art (Mondo, 2000), and This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort (Candlewick Press, 2002). Ms. Heard's work has appeared in numerous magazines and professional journals and she has been interviewed on National Public Radio's "Perspectives." For seven years Ms. Heard worked with New York City Teachers as part of the Teachers College Writing Project. She finished graduate work at Columbia University and while there was honored by the Academy of American Poets.