Amy Meckler welcomes you
Interpreter, interpreter educator and poet
Amy Meckler, CI
Certificate of Interpretation, September, 1997
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Alexandria, VA
New York City Department of Education
Interpret for faculty, staff, parents and other stakeholders in the nation's most culturally and linguistically diverse public school system.
Freelance Sign Language Interpreter, New York, NY
Interpret between English and American Sign Language in a variety of settings, including educational, theatrical, medical, video relay, platform and vocational.
Teach basic and advanced skills to new interpreters and interpreting students, provide feedback and set goals for improvement through mentoring programs.
Lead workshops, serve on committees, publish papers and present at regional conferences on topics pertinent to the interpreting and Deaf communities.
LaGuardia Community College, ASL/English Interpretation
Program, New York, NY
September 2020 - Present
Design and teach Interpreting IV (consecutive and simultaneous interpreting) to Deaf and hearing students in two-year interpreter training program.
Interpreter Educator, New York, NY
September 2002 – Present
Developed curriculum and present professional development workshops for Sign Language interpreters and ASL/English interpreting students.
Workshop titles include:
“Whatchamacallit and Thingamajig: English Expansion for Interpreters”
"Lost in Interpretation: How to Be an Imperfect Interpreter"
“So to Speak: Interpreting Figurative Speech”
"Beyond Ethics: The Rules. Our Values. Our Vision"
“One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Our Separate and Unequal Schools”
“Interpreting from the Inside Out"
Workshop presented for:
New York City Department of Education, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
NeRID Fall conference, 2015
New York City Metro RID, 2003, 2004, 2014
PCRID conference, Columbia, MD, 2012
Sign Language Resources, Fishkill, NY, 2012
Long Island RID, Long Island, NY, 2012
RID Region I conference, 2012
Sign Talk, New York, 2009
Sign Language Resources, Fishkill, NY, 2009
Arkansas RID, 2006
Sorenson Communications, 2005
Region V convention, 2004
Rhode Island RID, 2004
New Jersey RID, 2004
Illinois RID Biennial Fall convention, 2004
LaGuardia Community College, Queens, NY
Staff Interpreter and Assistant
January 1997-February 1998
Interpreted meetings, phone calls and conferences for the acting director of an academic and vocational program for Deaf adults.
Wrote reports and compiled statistics in compliance with federal and state grants’ protocols.
Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY
Master of Fine Arts, May 2001, Creative Writing, Poetry.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Bachelor of Arts, August 1993, Major: Women Studies, Minor: Theater.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, since 1994
American Mensa Ltd., admitted 2015
What All the Sleeping Is For, Defined Providence Press, 2003
Who Tolls the Bell: The Power of Speaking in Veronica Golos’ A Bell Buried Deep,” Big City Lit, Spring 2004
“Inclusion, with Conditions,” SignTalk Foundation, July 2017
“Challenge Vs. Risk? How to Determine if a Job is Over Your Head,”
SignTalk Foundation, May, 2017
“Pro Bono Service: What Do We Owe Our Consumers?”, SignTalk
Foundation, April 2017
“Stand Aside in Order to Stand Behind Your Consumers,” SignTalk
Foundation, June, 2017
“The Imposter Interpreter: How Should the Profession Respond?”, SignTalk
Foundation, December 2017
"Beyond Ethics: Rules versus Values for Sign Language Interpreters,"
StreetLeverage.com, June 2014
"What Is Your Ethical Responsibility,” with Mark Morrison, Views, January 1999
"Loss Prevention,” Revolving Floor, December 2009.
“Jubilate Piscis,” Princemere, 2021
"I Ask My Father to Stay Home," River Heron Review, September 2020
“Surrender Dorothy,” Alyss, Issue Tre
“The Virgin Asks What Sex Is Like,” Cider Press Review, Vol. 16
“Rescue Dog, Retired,” Brooklyn Review, 2012
“Tic-Tac-Toe-Playing Chicken, Retired,” “The Chicken”, “Eurydice
Follows, Revolving Floor, August-November 2009
The Rejection, “Aere Perennius,” Cider Press Review, Volume 11
“This Is Living,” Women. Period., Spinster Inc, 2009
“The Dream that Woke the Woman,” Zeek
“First Funeral,” Whiskey Island, Spring 2006
“Thirteen Facts about Paul,” Margie, Fall 2005
“Semiotics for My Father,” Lyric Poetry Review, Spring 2005
"The Myth of the Grim Reaper,” “What I Know of the Story,” Big City
"The Myth of the Broken Heart,” Manhattan Literary Review, Fall 2003
"Her Young Death, Loose in You,” Big City Lit, Fall 2003
“To Thomas Hardy,” Atlanta Review, Fall 2002
“Slipping Glimpser,” Rattapallax, Spring 2002
“Eden,” “Bridge Half Gone,” “Regret,” Olivetree Review, Spring 2000
"To My Father on My Birthday,” “What Keeps Me Awake,” “On the #7
“The Man on the F Train,” Portland Review, Fall 1997
"How to Love a Woman,” Island Lifestyle Magazine, January 1993