Girls of summer · Pat Asch Fellowship · RVA

A Gracious Plenty

The last couple of weeks have been filled up with amazing women doing amazing work. This year, when the YWCA of Richmond selected me as their third Pat Asch Social Justice Fellow, (I freaked out and) I joined Cheryl Groce-Wright and Leslie Lytle in an emerging sisterhood of justice-seeking women living and working in Richmond.… Continue reading A Gracious Plenty

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The Brain’s Inner Workings

With thanks to the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine for sharing and developing, this excellent and helpful infographic of the brain is a terrific tool for everyone with a brain!

Books · Pat Asch Fellowship

Elderhood in Children’s Books

My earliest memories of comfort and solace and courage, of overcoming fear, learning something new, and connecting to creation involve my grandparents. Each of my books revolves around multiple generations and depicts a kid overcoming adversity with the help and safe companionship of an old person ("person" being loosely defined as human or horse). As… Continue reading Elderhood in Children’s Books

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If the Washington Post Says It…

  Earlier this week, the Washington Post ran the story,  Girls suffer childhood trauma more. New research shows how yoga can help heal them.  This headline speaks volumes to me. As a female, a mom to a daughter, a certified yoga teacher, a researcher, and a community advocate, much of what I believe and aim to… Continue reading If the Washington Post Says It…

Girls of summer · RVA

Countdown to Girls of Summer 2017: Rita Williams-Garcia is Coming to #RVA!

Beyond thrilled to share that our special guest author for Girls of Summer 2017 is the amazing Rita Williams-Garcia! Join us at the Richmond Public Library on 6/21/17 at 7 pm. Please share far and wide!

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Growth Through Change

Earlier this spring, my friend Free Egunfemi of Untold RVA and I met up for lunch at Cava Grille near VCU. In name and in presence, Free speaks of imagination, possibility, and awareness of ancestors, an unbroken line of people who have gone on ahead, but who are not gone from our reach. It's good… Continue reading Growth Through Change

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Chat With the Author: Writing for Young People Stirs Her

Thank you, Stacy Hawkins Adams for hosting me on your blog! Stacy, you inspire me constantly!

Life Untapped

Meet award-winning author Gigi Amateau.

Gigi has penned seven books for children and young adults and has a heart for telling stories that help youths feel connected and valued. Her most recent novel, Two for Joy, is a three-generational story about family caregiving and about how a child and an elder accept each other wholly.  Enjoy her Q&A with LifeUntapped, in which she details her author journey and shares about her books and characters.

What is your primary goal as an author?                                                        I hope that my readers will connect with something in their own lives that makes them curious, inspired, or willing to keep going. The themes that I return to tend to be: access, belonging, overcoming trauma, resilience, intergenerational connections…

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