Curriculum Vitae

a language loony


Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, Whidbey Island, WA. GPA 3.8  MFA in Creative Writing

Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA: present. GPA 4.0    On-line graduate teaching courses

University of Washington, Seattle, WA: 1991-1993. GPA 3.84   Washington State Teaching Certificate with endorsements in English, Language Arts, Philosophy, and Comparative Religion for grades 4-12

Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA: 1987. Elementary Education

Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA: 1986-1987. GPA 3.9 Lutheran Theological Study toward Master’s Degree

St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN: 1975-1979. GPA 3.6 Bachelor of Arts in English; Bachelor of Arts in Religion


Professional Experience



Published Nonfiction:

“Whose Hand Is This,” Japan, George & Carlson, ed., Travelers’ Tales, 1999.

“Without a Ripple,” The Gift of Birds, Habegger & Carlson ed., Travelers’ Tales, 1999.

“Without a Ripple,” reprint in Sharing the Earth, A Guidepost Book, 2000.

“The Way of Tea,” A Woman’s Path, McCauley & Carlson ed., Travelers’ Tales, 2000.

“The Moss of Time,” A Woman’s Asia, Bond, ed., Travelers’ Tales, 2005.

“The Way of Kumano – a World Heritage Site,” Travelers’ Tales Web Site, 2009.

“The Kite,” Perceptive Travel On-line Magazine, 2009.

“The Way of Kumano,” 2010 TT’s Best Travel Writing, 2010.


Book Reviews:

Perceptive Travel, an on–line magazine, 2010.

Book Sense, an independent booksellers’ review.


Monthly Columns, Nonfiction:

Education Connection, North Central Educational Service District, Wenatchee, WA: 2001-2002. “Holden – It Takes a Village” / “Eastmont – After Hours” / “Bridgeport – Fiber Optics” / “Mariachi – Celebrating a Culture” / “Doors Open” / “Quincy,” …


Faith Lutheran Musings, Leavenworth, WA: 1998 – 2005. “Whistling in the Woods” / “With-ness” / “Under” / “Front-Porching”/ “Untrodden Paths” / “Shift” / “On Sweet Vibrato,” …

Monthly On-Line Newsletter/Calendar

A Book for All Seasons, Leavenworth, WA: 2004-2006. (Print Shop, Vertical Response, Calsnet, Publisher)


Web Site Content:

Foster Creek Conservation District for Douglas County, Waterville, WA: 2000.

Icicle Creek Music Center, Leavenworth, WA: 2004.

Washington State Coordinated Resource Management for Washington State University, Pullman, WA: 2005.

The Grunewald Guild, Plain, WA: 2005.

The Scheibler Brothers, Leavenworth, WA: 2010.

Dovex Apple Exporters, Wenatchee, WA: 2011.



Travelers’ Tales Publishers – San Francisco, CA

Japan, Amy Carlson & Don George, ed., 1999.

The Gift of Birds, Amy Carlson & Larry Habegger, ed., 1999.

Australia, Amy Carlson & Larry Habegger, ed., 2000.

A Woman’s Path, Amy Carlson, Lucy McCauley, Jennifer Leo, ed., 2000.


Private Clients

One Shot, A Thousand Holes: A Memoir, Author Becky Hovda, editor Amy Carlson, Cashmere, WA 2002.

Keeping On Your Feet: A Collection of Essays, Author Gene Sharratt, editor Amy Carlson, Wenatchee, WA 2002.




Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA: 2011 – present.

Instructor of English

Cascade School District, Leavenworth, WA: 2000-2011.

Guest Teacher (substitute): 2001-current.

Icicle River Middle School 7th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher: 2000-2001. Modeled rollicking and reveling in life-long learning through many forms including six trait writing, poetic language play, journal writing, reading for pleasure, reading ‘the textbook,’  Pacific Rim Studies, and many more.

Icicle Valley Lyceum Program Developer & Consultant: 2003. In business since 1995, Bear Run Antics was contracted by the school district to research, develop, & implement an alternative learning program, reaching out to the home schooled in the area.

Wenatchee School District, Wenatchee, WA: 2007-present.

Teacher of Science Field Days: Create and implement art lessons for the study of our surrounding environments – the shrub steppe, the apple orchard, the forest.

Avra Kedavra Kamp – Literary Camps, Leavenworth, WA: 2004 – present.

Camp Director & Curriculum Creator: Six weeks of weeklong day camps with an emphasis on reading & writing. Themes: 2004 Pirates & Mermaids / 2005 Funke Book Camp (Inkheart) / 2006 Mad Scientist Camp / 2007 Dahl Camp (The BFG) / 2008 Poe Camp / 2009 Mystery Camp (The Mysterious Benedict Society / 2010 Mythology Camp (The Lightning Thief)

Writing Workshops

The Grunewald Guild Master Writer, Plain, WA:  Nov 2007 & Jan 2008. A three-day “mucking about with words” workshop that moved us beyond nonsense into “Yessence” entitled, Spirit Rumbling: A Creative Writing Adventure

Holden Village Teacher, Chelan, WA:  2003, 2004, 2005. A one-week immersion into the world of words called, Writing: The Spirited Craft: “Writing As Breathing,” “Writing as Sounding,” “Writing as Forging.”

Cascade School District Adult Education Instructor, Leavenworth, WA:  2002. An intensive three-week writing workshop entitled, Writing: The Spirited Craft: “Writing As Deep Observation,” “Writing As Visual Art,” “Writing As  Craft.”

Bear Run Antics Studios, Leavenworth, WA: 1995-present.

Flute Instructor

The Far Side Home School, Leavenworth, WA:  1994-1996.


Teacher & Curriculum Creator: Conceived and launched a private elementary curriculum for a private family, focusing on interactive-based learning by creating hands-on projects to augment the basics of Reading, ‘Riting’, and ‘Rithmetic.’


Issaquah School District,Issaquah, WA:  1991 – 1992.

Issaquah Middle School 7th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies Student Teacher

Our Savior Lutheran Church, Issaquah, WA:  1989 – 1991.

High School Youth Director: Developed and taught a curriculum on teenage issues: suicide, anorexia, sex, AIDS, parents, peers, drugs. Counseled. Organized and lead a variety of both service and play activities.



American Lutheran Church ESL Program, Nagoya, Japan:  1982 – 1984.

ESL Instructor: Composed and taught a variety of ESL conversation curriculums to suit varied Japanese populations: elementary/secondary students, businessmen, housewives.




A Book for All Seasons, Leavenworth, WA:  2003 – 2007.

Event Coordinator: Scheduled and organized weekly author readings, dinners, luncheons, breakfasts, workshops.


Faith Lutheran Church, Leavenworth, WA:  1998 – 2004/2010 – current.

Pastoral Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator: Organize and delegate volunteer efforts; administrate a small office – mail, phone, plumbing, general emergencies; create and compose devotional booklets, liturgical aids and bulletin in Word/Excel/Publisher.


Church Musician: Plan and perform special liturgical and classical music on a regular basis.



Community Immersions


Classical Musician

Over the many years of flute playing, I have found myself in a variety of venues including the Church (following Bach’s tradition), Leavenworth Summer Theater, Faith Lutheran Concerts, Christmas concerts and parties, gallery openings, greenhouse galas, New Haven Music School recitals … in a variety of combinations: woodwind quintet; flute quartet; flute, oboe, viola trio; flute duet; solo; orchestra. I also find myself in a musical ministry to the dying, playing while last breaths leave the body.


Since being a granite-boulder-climbing New England kid, I have passionately given myself to the woods, trying to create awareness of the sacred interconnectedness of all living things…even the mosquito… by taking kids on nature journaling hikes, creature-watches, haiku writes; by reestablishing the Earth Ministry Group at church; by saving a tree or two from getting chopped; by raising questions about chemicals in our food supply; by raising questions about inappropriate development in wilderness.


I revel in being a goofy auntie, an eccentric teacher, a focused mentor, a big-eared friend to the many children in my life who seem to follow me around giggling, soaking in wonder, learning about learning, wallowing in creation. I love it. They love it.


I possess a passion for the language, the people, the food and the aesthetics of Japan, returning every so often for a reconnection. To travel abroad enriches the spirit, broadens the view, and deepens the understanding of cultures other than ‘us’. I am committed to the continuation of foreign adventures in my life beyond my past explorations of Asia and Europe.  (2009 – Japan & Uruguay, 2011 – Latvia)