Amy Aves Challenger
I'm an American expat writer/artist and mom
of three kids living in Zürich, Switzerland. I studied communications design while earning my BFA at Syracuse University. I write articles, opinion pieces, essays, poetry and fiction. I also paint landscape, people and fun spot illustrations. I co-founded a small organization of international moms building community with refugee moms and kids in Switzerland.
I've contributed to The Independent, HuffPost and MOPS International magazine and blog. I've also been published in International Living, The Washington Post, Brain, Child Magazine, Your Teen Magazine, the Marin IJ and Mamalode and Poets Reading the News. My poems and short story were printed in an anthology called Secrets and Dreams. My middle grade short story called I'm Not Going To School will be published in a "bookazine" by Zizzle Literary in Feburary.
I've completing a novel about a family's struggles and triumphs as they grow with a child with unique challenges.
In addition to writing for blogs, magazines, newsletters and other freelance projects, my experience includes illustration, design and communications work for public relations, corporate identity, product design, packaging and direct marketing companies.
I'm an idea woman and have created designs and products for companies like Klutz Press, Papyrus, University Games, and Ronald McDonald Children's Charities. I've worked in the non-profit world for causes relating to refugees, poverty, the environment, education and homelessness.
I'm a former chair of a community college design program where I developed curricula, hired teachers and taught college courses. I've won some design awards and even started a few grass roots organizations to serve the homeless in Marin County California and moms of special needs kids in Connecticut.
My paintings have been sold in Gumps, other gift retailers, and have been reproduced on greeting cards and in publications.
I lead creative writing workshops inspired by the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, and was trained to do so by the New York Writer's Coalition and Westport Writers' Workshop of Westport, Connecticut.
I'm crazy about talking. So if you have questions, or are interested in discussing a project, please reach out. I'd be delighted to hear from you--