Amy Carpenter Leugs

Author, Dreamer, Unschooler


Amy Carpenter Leugs is the author the new chapbook, The One Inside an Onion, published by the Friends of Poetry, Kalamazoo.  Her winning poem for the 2015 Dyer Ives Poetry Competition, called, "Cat and Bird: Contrapuntal for a Grieving Mother,"  is featured in the 2015 issue of the literary journal, Voices.  Her poem "Tucking Pants into Socks" was featured in The 3288 Review.


Amy is the author of two children's

books: French Toast for Maleek (2012) and Lilliana Grows It Green (2013), both published by UCOM Open Door Press


Her essay “A Case for Alchemy,” appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of Parabola magazine. 


Several of Amy's poems and reflective essays have appeared in the online magazine catapult, including: “Setting the Feet on the Pathway,” about educational diversity; “In Search of Mishigami,” a memoir about Lake Michigan and alcoholism; and “Counterpoint,” a poem about music and marriage. 


 A former English teacher, Amy now listens and learns about unschooling and racial justice, two practices that center the voices of those previously marginalized and question conventional power structures.


 Amy lives in Grand Rapids, MI with her husband, Michael, and their three unschooling sons.