Maya Stein wrote her first poem, “Papa Tree and the Seasons,” when she was 9 years old. She has published four collections of personal essays, poetry and photographs, including the most recent – “How We Are Not Alone” – a compilation of writings from her poetry blog. Since 2005, she has been keeping a weekly poetry practice and her “10-line Tuesday” poems now reach more than 1,000 people around the world every Tuesday. Maya has been facilitating writing classes, both live and online, since 2010, guiding students through simple, often playful exercises and activities that encourage them to let loose and take risks in order to develop a writing practice that sticks. At the heart of her teaching and facilitating work is a commitment to guidance, support, and compassion.
Amy Tingle has been an artist and writer since she can remember. She began her career as a public school teacher and then made the move to publishing, becoming a managing editor at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books and then, after her sons were born, continuing to work as a freelance editor. In 2010, sensing a need in her community to make creative expression more accessible, Amy founded BraveGirlsArt, a series of art and self-empowerment workshops and camps for girls and women. She is the founder, with her partner Maya Stein, of The Creativity Caravan, a mobile creativity business specializing in art and creative writing classes and large-scale projects with the goal of engaging and nourishing the creative spark in communities everywhere.
You can find out more about Maya, Amy, and The Creativity Caravan at thecreativitycaravan.com.