Writing Portfolio

Emerson Page trilogy – young adult adventure

Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, is available at your local bookstores by giving them the ISBN 1694109410. It’s also available on:
Amazon: Paperback – $8.99 and Kindle – $2.99
Looking to order the book in bulk for your classroom, book club, library, or organization? Contact me directly for details and discounts at christa.avampato@gmail.com.
For information on the book, please visit the book’s website.

I created, host, write, edit, and produce the JoyProject podcast where I ask guests, “What brings you joy?” and share our conversations with the world.

Designated as a a top writer by the editors at Medium in the topics of Climate Change (out of 43K writers), Energy (out of 20K writers), Creativity (out of 53K writers), and Books (out of 63K writers) on their platform. Medium profile.

Books and Writing
A Publisher Bought My YA Novel Trilogy—Here’s Everything I Did Wrong
The query letter that helped me attract a publisher
How I found the main setting for my third Emerson Page novel
How writing my Emerson Page novel series saved my life
How research helps writers get unstuck

Science, Sustainability, Climate Change, and Energy:
Why We’re Afraid of the Heat, and How We Can Use Heat to Mitigate Climate Change (Medium Staff added this piece to their What We’re Reading List)
Retrofit for the future: Former coal-burning power plants are the seeds of renewable energy
My dream job to work with fossil fuel companies—and convince them to stop producing fossil fuel
The Upside and Challenges of Converting City Buses from Diesel to Electric
What it will take to make every New York City Roof a Green Roof
Vertical Farms Make Way for Rewilding Efforts and Why New York City should transform empty commercial real estate into indoor farms
How Ag Provider Nutrien is Making Sustainability Goals Core to the Business (Part of sustainability series for InnoLead)
The Corporate Blueprint that Helped Make Oshkosh a Sustainability Leader (Part of sustainability series for InnoLead)
At Enviva, Focusing on Four Goals to Achieve Net-Zero by 2030 (Part of sustainability series for InnoLead)
How AT&T is Setting Sustainability ‘Stretch’ Goals and Driving Progress (Part of sustainability series for InnoLead)
Three Traits that Make Sustainability Leaders Successful (Part of sustainability series for InnoLead)
I Found My Voice While Fighting to Breathe (Pipeline Artists)
Urban ecology that saved Argentina’s Rosario held up as a model for others (Mongabay)
Impossibly Living in Possibility: Science and nature as mentors in challenging times (Natural History Magazine)
What is the moss of New York? (Medium curator-featured story in Cities, Outdoors, and Environment)
Making Mother Nature Our Muse (The Henry Ford Magazine cover story)
A Quiet War: Biomimicry in the Time of Coronavirus (The Biomimicry Institute)
This November, Our Planet Is On the Ballot (The Biomimicry Institute)
When It Comes to the Economy, Government, and Urban Development, Keep It Circular (The Biomimicry Institute)
Teaching Biomimicry for Beginners (The Biomimicry Institute)
Biomimicry Offers Us Help, Hope, and Healing As We Build Back Better (The Biomimicry Institute)
A Game Plan to Help You Solve Global Problems (The Biomimicry Institute)
The Green New Deal and Finding Hope through Biomimicry (Part 1) (The Biomimicry Institute)
Going Blue: Transforming the Oceans’ Vicious Cycle into a Virtuous One with Biomimicry (Part 2) (The Biomimicry Institute)
In Times of Scarcity, Be an Emperor Penguin
What An Organization Can Learn from Honey Bees About Organizational Efficiency
Health pieces for The Washington Post:
The gift of a stroke
At Sentara, people are the priority
Stemless shoulder replacement gives renewed hope to active people managing arthritis
Metabolic surgery paves the way to health and happiness for a mother of five
Sentara’s Innovative Cancer Treatment Saves Weeks of Treatment Time
The Sentara Stroke Team Generates a Miracle Recovery
Sentara’s new surgery center elevates patient care to new heights
A Woman’s Heart Matters
Prince George’s Hospital Center is here for your heart’s health
Treehouse Eyes is innovating eye care for children
A Backstage View of Weight Loss Surgery at Sentara

Culture and Society:
The Rising—Scenes from the Roe Vs. Wade Protest in New York City
The Great Reframe—How to Survive and Thrive Through Any Difficulty (Pipeline Artists)
When I step outside my door (feature on PBS American Portrait)
I’m just happy to be here—remembering the day I almost wasn’t (Medium curator-featured story in Mental Health)
Change by Design—Remembering C.T. Vivian and John Lewis (Medium curator-featured story in Race and Equality)
The Celtic Diaspora (Inside History magazine feature)
If Organized Crime Could Make It In New York…It Could Make It Anywhere (Inside History magazine feature)
Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and their Daring Adventures From the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize (SimplyCharly)
The Sharing Economy (Magazine Feature)
The Maker Movement (Magazine Feature)
Serial Addiction: Creators of This American Life Bring New Life to Radio Drama (Magazine Feature)
Belize Gets the Hollywood Treatment: Leonardo DiCaprio Wants More Than an Oscar. He Wants to Save the World. (Magazine Feature)
Ten Years In, YouTube is Still Going Strong (Magazine Feature)
Phineas’s adoption story
9 Techniques That Can Help You Conquer Any Fear
How to Stop Being Afraid and Live Your Dreams

The Economic Implications of the Iran Nuclear Deal (also syndicated by AOL DailyFinance)
How to Make a Viral Video: Dove Beauty Sketches
Personal Finance Lessons from the Yoga Mat

Through a Teacher’s Eyes: What New York City schools will be like with the hybrid model and why they deserve a better solution (Medium curator-featured story in Education)
Redesign New York City schools with teachers at the table (Medium curator-featured story in Education)
Washington Post Magazine Special Section – When a School Becomes a Community: Lessons on Mindfulness, Compassion, and Building a Better World
Weekly Trend: Startups Using Curation to Transform Education
STEM Challenge: Seeking the Future
Build It and They Will Learn: How the Design of a School Impacts Learning
A Day at the Museum: The National STEM Video Game Challenge Launches with a Series of Workshops That Teach Kids to Make Video Games

Interviews about my work:
Interview on the Stakeholder podcast with host Dr. Ed Freeman of the Darden School about making having a multi-dimensional career as a writer, author, biomimicry scientist, and business leader
Interview on the They Had Fun podcast about how much I loved being on The Drew Barrymore Show
Interview on Megyn Kelly TODAY about my personal finance writing and professional experience in the psychology of retail store design.
How Humans Change podcast: How Christa Avampato Learned How to Thrive After Fire and Lightning
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo blog): What NaNoWriMo Gave Me as an Author and a Person
Author interview on Cheddar TV
Lit to Lens podcast feature
What’s Next videocast: Washington D.C. Innovation in Society
I talk about entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology startups in D.C.
American Public Media
I talk about my favorite Christmas song and the importance of gratitude
Lit to Lens podcast
I talk about my novel, Where the Light Enters, and YA literature
Wall Street Journal
Social media and the rise in popularity of economics blogs during the 2008 / 2009 recession
Huffington Post
Bringing Yoga to Public Libraries
New Learning Times
National STEM Video Game Challenge
Moving with Grace
Writing, Yoga, and the Creative Habit
The Digital Shift
STEM Video Game Challenge Encourages Librarians to Mentor Students
Creative Liberty

Part of the In the Studio… series. On the subject of creative habits and how to recharge our creative batteries when they’re running low

My films:
Wrote, directed, edited, and voiced the short film Beyond Plastic
Associate Producer for PBS series Live at 9:30
Director of short film for the National STEM Video Game Challenge
Wrote, directed, and performed voiceover for healthcare product video

Playwright, director, producer of Sing After Storms

Hope in Progress: 27 Entrepreneurs Who Inspired Me During the Great Recession is my free ebook that is a compilation of interviews I did with business leaders during the 2008-2010 recession. They include Alex Lee (OXO), Michael Dorf (City Winery), Jerri Chou (All Day Buffet), Scott Belsky (Behance—later acquired by Adobe), and Adam Rich (Thrillist).

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