Biography


Amy Klauke Minato is author of a poetry collection, The Wider Lens, published in 2004 by Ice River Press and a creative nonfiction book, Siesta Lane, published in January 2009 by Skyhorse Press. She holds both an MFA in Creative Writing and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon.

Her poetry has been recognized with a 2003 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship and her prose with a Walden Fellowship. Minato’s writing has been published in Wilderness Magazine, Poetry East, Windfall, Cottonwood, Cimarron Review and Oregonian Poetry Corner among others, and in several anthologies including From Here We Speak: An Anthology of Oregon Poetry and Deer Drink the Moon: Poems of Oregon.

Amy teaches writing in schools through Literary Arts and Community of Writers, and in writing workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Amy reviews children’s picture books and young adult novels for Publishers Weekly. She also acts as a private writing coach and tutor.

She hails from Chicago, although she and her husband, Joe, and her children Mateo (age 14) and Ruby (age 10)  currently split their time between Portland, Oregon and the Wallowa mountains of eastern Oregon.


© Amy 2012