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Curriculum Vitae

Amy Meckler, CI




Certificate of Interpretation, September, 1997

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Alexandria, VA



           New York City Department of Education

           Staff Interpreter

          October 2016 - Present

  • 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

           January 1994 - Present

  • 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 - June 2023

  • 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, 2023, 2024

          PARID state conference, 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


Poetry Collection:

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

Professional papers:

 “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,", June 2014

"What Is Your Ethical Responsibility,” with Mark Morrison, Views, January 1999

Short Story:

"Loss Prevention,” Revolving Floor, December 2009.

Individual Poems:

“Prayers to the Patron Saint of Lost Things with Mixed Results,” The Maine 

Review, forthcoming

“Dr. Harlow Studies the Nature of Love and Affection,” Ilanot Review, 


"Your Hands," Up the Staircase Quarterly, August 2023

“Radiation x30,””My Mother Is Not a Metaphor for Anything,” In Parentheses

            Vol. 7

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


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