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About Wendy

I’m a freelance writer, poet/author, and IBCLC. (I don’t do all of those things at once!) I live in New York with my husband and two awesome kids. I survive on coffee and chocolate. Obviously.

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Journalism &
Content Marketing

I’ve been writing since I was a small child. I love what I do, and I work diligently, quickly, and meticulously. I know how to connect with readers, tell a good story, make complex medical data user-friendly, and create lively, engaging content.

My areas of focus are general health and wellness, women’s health, infant/child health, mental health, and parenting.

I’ve published hundreds of articles and essays in places like The Washington Post, VICE, Family Circle, Parents Magazine, Lilith Magazine, Rewire, Your Teen Magazine, and Brain, Child Magazine. I’ve provided content for companies like Care.com, SingleCare, Mattress Firm, Motherlove Herbals, Verizon, Kindred Bravely, Talkspace, and Public Goods.

I’m currently a contributing writer at Verywell, Care.com, Parents.com, and Health.com, and a freelance journalist/content marketing writer for various businesses and websites. From 2016-2021, I worked at Scary Mommy in several roles, including staff writer, social media manager, and associate editor.

Poetry

My first love is poetry. I have an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College, where I taught writing and literature for four years.

 

My poems have appeared widely in literary magazines, including Prairie Schooner, Spoon River Review, Passages North, Tar River Poetry, Nashville Review, and Minnesota Review.

 

I was the winner of the 2003 Amy Award and was a 2001 recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize. My work has been a finalist for several awards, including the Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize, the Richard Synder Memorial Prize, and the Word Works Washington Prize. 

I am the author of two books of poems, Epicenter and Morph and Bloom

 

Cornerstone Press, part of the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point, will be publishing my third book of poems, The New Life, in 2024.

Lactation Support & Education

I’m an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Lactation Educator/Counselor, and retired La Leche League leader. I was a La Leche League leader for many years, taught private breastfeeding classes for a while, and had a private lactation consultant practice for five years. Currently, I’m focused on supporting breastfeeding parents by writing compassionate, evidence-based health articles about breastfeeding, women’s health, infant/child health, and more.

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POET AND ESSAYIST NANCY REDDY RECENTLY INTERVIEWED ME ABOUT BALANCING CAREGIVING AND WRITING:

"you will find your way, because the pull of your creative work will continue to be there"

THE NEW YORK TIMES INTERVIEWED ME ABOUT INFANT FEEDING. CHECK IT OUT:

How to Deal with Low Breastmilk Supply

Formula Feeding: How Much and How Often to Feed Your Baby

HERE ARE A FEW OTHER ARTICLES I PROVIDED ORIGINAL QUOTES FOR:

The Bump: How and When to Use a Lactation Massager

Huffington Post: Your Breast Milk Color Can Vary. Here’s What It Means

Healthline: Does Starbucks’ Pink Drink Actually Boost Breast Milk Supply?

Romper: Can You Breastfeed While Taking Fertility Drugs? Here’s What You Should Know

 

HERE’S AN INTERVIEW WITH ME IN PLOUGHSHARES, ON WRITING POEMS:

Letting Myself Make Less Sense: An Interview with Wendy Wisner

 

AND A MUCH OLDER INTERVIEW ABOUT WRITING WITH LITTLE KIDS UNDERFOOT:

Writer, with Kids: Wendy Wisner

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