A bit about me...
Just about every job I've ever had has had something to do with writing. I've worked as a journalist, essayist, and reporter for outlets like The New York Times, Babycenter, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Cinememoir and GreatSchools. I’ve also worked on staff as a writer and editor at Netflix, Ziff Davis, MacHome Journal and San Francisco Downtown Magazine. My essays have been anthologized in Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss and Redemption, Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother Daughter Bond and The Mommy Wars: Stay At Home and Career Moms Face Off On Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families.
For the last seven years, I’ve run the library at Glorietta Elementary in Orinda which is, by far, the best job I've ever had. I oversee the collection, which gives me great insight into what kids are reading. I also run the school newspaper and the student council. In 2022, I won the school's Classified Employee of the Year Award. My work there led to the Five Books About... series for Mindful Littles, which targets the best books for kids in a variety of genres.
In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, I started leading writing workshops on Zoom.
The classes I teach are the classes I would have wanted to take as a kid. In elementary school, I was the kid who walked down the street with an open book in my hand, a teenager who would never consider going anywhere without something to read in my backpack. In 5th grade, my closest friend and I started a neighborhood library, and we were shocked (shocked!) that no one came to check out our books. I was always writing something. Then, and now, books helped me make sense of the world and writing helped me to clarify my place in it.
I have a B.A. in literature and wrote a tragically sad novella as my senior thesis at my alma mater, the State University of New York at Purchase. I minored in film history and have interned on films and television shows in Manhattan, like The King of New York, with Christopher Walken, and the Joan Rivers Show. In the Bay Area, I worked on low budget documentaries on Holocaust resistors and student protesters.
I live with my husband, our two teenage kids and our tiny doggo, Poki. When I'm not in the library or teaching, you can find me walking Poki, reading middle grade fiction, attempting to turn my black thumb green, kayaking, hiking or paddleboarding with my family and doing yoga. You can learn more about my professional journey and read my clips (I write under my maiden name, Anne Marie Feld) on LinkedIn.