Amy McDaniel

The Art of Amy
The Art of Packing

The Art of Packing

In three months, I will move to South Asia for at least two years. There, I will make some kind of home, but a provisional, partial one.

About Amy

Amy (McDaniel) Robinson has taught poetry in Bangladesh, memoir writing in New Orleans, and dozens of writing classes to people of all ages in Atlanta where she grew up and where she now lives with her husband Adam, her daughter Grace, a dog named Annette, and three chickens. Along with teaching high school English, Amy runs a small press called 421 Atlanta that publishes short books of prose and poetry. Her own poems have appeared in numerous publications and were collected in two chapbooks with the words Adults Lessons in the title, and her fiction and essays (which are often about food) have appeared in Tin House, Saveur, Necessary Fiction, PANK, Alimentum, FANZINE, and Gay Magazine.

Breaking the Ice

Three readings to always come back to:

  • The Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburg
  • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

Favorite food to trade a kingdom for:

Seasonal French cheeses and baguette with the best possible fruit

Welcome to The Art of Everyone

In writing my book Everything Else, I realised everybody has their own “everything else”—the thoughts and stories, the experiences, the skills, the imagination, the dreams.

Left unexplored or unshared, they can leave a void, depriving our spirit of something beautiful and nourishing. Having learned that, I created the space here to manifest my own "everything else," and to help others share theirs.

The path here is lined with flowers, the walls are endless, the shelves inviting, the table is set, and there is room for adventure. Bring your own creations or just open your soul for a retreat. This is a space to breathe. Leave the conventional world behind and enjoy.

Thank you for being here.