Founded in 2009, Parachute Literary Arts celebrates the literature of Coney Island. We do this through our site-specific readings and events in iconic Coney Island locations and through our writing workshops and lending libraries. Parachute is the only organization entirely dedicated to the purpose of presenting Coney Island authors to the general public.
Born and raised in New York City, Amanda Deutch is a poet, artist and educator. Deutch's mother, uncle and grandmother lived in Coney Island up the block from the Half Moon Hotel. Deutch is the author of four poetry chapbooks, most recently: Pull Yourself Together (Dancing Girl Press, 2015) and Fit to Print (Harismus Press) a collaboration with Barbara Henry and Rosaire Appel. Her poetry has been widely published in journals including The New York Times, The Rumpus, Manhattanville Review, Revolver, Ping Pong, Denver Quarterly, and Barrow Street. Essays have been published in Delirious Hem and Poets & Writers. As a teaching artist with over 15 years of experience, as well as Director and Founder of Parachute Literary Arts, Deutch has utilized poetry as a catalyst for community engagement and youth empowerment with populations ranging from 8 to 88. Deutch has been the recipient of awards from New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Brooklyn Community Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council and Footpaths to Creativity. She believes deeply in the necessity of creativity and self-expression as a tool for empowerment, reflection and change.