By Amy Shimshon-Santo

ontology of feeling


Amy Shimshon-Santo is a writer and educator who believes the arts and culture are powerful tools for personal and social transformation. Her interdisciplinary work spans creative writing, choreography, performance, education, and urban planning. She is a poly-lingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese) who writes across genres — poetry, creative non-fiction, and social/cultural criticism. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in creative non-fiction (2017), Best of the Net in poetry (2018), and been recognized on the National Honor Roll for Service Learning. Her writing has been published by SAGE Publications, UC Press, SUNY Press, Public!: A Journal of Imagining America, Teaching Artist Journal, Tiferet Journal, Zocalo Public Square, Critical Planning Journal, Lady Liberty Lit, and Spectrum. Her performances have been presented at the Kennedy Center for the Arts and throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Amy currently is Head of the Arts Management for Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to this role, she taught at UCLA and she directed the UCLA Arts’ ArtsBridge Program. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in urban planning (UCLA), an M.F.A. in creative writing (Antioch University), and a B.A. in Latin American Studies (UC Santa Cruz).

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