Amanda Deutch is a native New Yorker whose mother and grandparents lived in Coney Island. She has worked with the Coney Island History Project since 2008 and is also a teaching artist and poet. Amanda is the author of four poetry chapbooks and her poems have been published widely in journals. In 2009, she founded Parachute Literary Arts, which utilizes poetry as a catalyst for community engagement and youth empowerment. Her passions include impressing bystanders with her Skee-Ball skills and riding the Wonder Wheel.