Biography


Amy Klauke Minato is author of two poetry collections: Hermit Thrush, (2016, Inkwater Press) and The Wider Lens,  (2004, Ice River Press) as well as a creative nonfiction book, Siesta Lane,( 2009, 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 at Breitenbush Conference Center and throughout the Pacific Northwest. She also teaches a course in sustainabiity education at Portland State University.

Amy acts as a private writing coach and tutor.

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


© Amy Minato 2018