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Amy Woolard is a writer and legal aid attorney working on justice system reform, school-to-prison pipeline, safety net, health, and poverty policy issues in Virginia. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Virginia School of Law. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fence, Guernica, and Gulf Coast, among others. Her essays have appeared in Slate, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, and The Rumpus, as well as Virginia Quarterly Review, which awarded her the Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction in 2016.