Amalie Kwassman is an MFA student in the Creative Writing and Environment program at Iowa State. She is a poet from Brooklyn, New York and a graduate of Smith College. She has experience teaching in New York with Teach for America. Amalie has received scholarships from the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. She has been a guest speaker and spoken word performer at The Anne Frank Center, Dixon Place and The National Conference for Community and Justice. She reflects on urban life, religion and how many poems she can write while riding the NYC subway train.