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 living 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.
Poetry Publications by Amy Minato
Aeolian Wallowa County Anthology
At Blacklock Point Windfall
Ballet of a Life Cycle* Wilderness Magazine
Bird Haven Silverfish Review
Elders We’ Moon Calendar
Endangered Species Wild Earth
Epiphanies Cimarron Review
Geothermal Writing Nature
Hermit Thrush Windfall
In Defense of Defense* Organization and Environment & Rhonde Dance
Inversion of the Food Chain Writing Nature
Lament Walking Bridges Using Poetry as a Compass
Log Song VoiceCatchers 2 Anthology
Love Song of the White Pine* Poetry International
Mating Season Writing Nature
Nye Beach VoiceCatchers 2 Anthology
Place of the Bear Deer Drink the Moon Anthology
Precision* Oregonian Poetry Corner
Ritual VoiceCatchers 2 Anthology
Roost Writing Nature
Roses Restoration and Management Notes
Salamander Silverfish Review
Serenade Ronde Dance
Silverspot Siesta Lane
Sirens Silverfish Review
Tailors Restoration and Management Notes
The Way to Sky Breitenbush Magazine
Toward the Earth First Wild Earth
Weekly Service Hard Love: An Anthology on Violence &Intimacy
Wider Lens* Hard Love: An Anthology on Violence & Intimacy
Willow Siesta Lane
The following poems have been published in a chapbook entitled The Wider Lens, Ice River Press, 2004:
Aerial*, Birding, Specimens*, Christmas Bird Count*, Lunacy, Nocturnal, Second Glance*, Spider, Dance Partners, Night Poem, Tracks, Green Eye, Estuary and Your Sea Around Us.
*these poems were reprinted in the nature memoir Siesta Lane by Amy Minato, Skyhorse Press, 2009
Instructor: Portland State University, Sustainable Living
Instructor: Lewis and Clark College,
Sustainable Living Workshops for Educators
Writer-in-Residence: Oregon Literary Arts
& Community of Writers and the Right Brain Initiative
Book Reviewer: Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Publishers Weekly
Writing Workshop Instructor: Breitenbush, Menucha, Multnomah Art Center, Sitka Center, Opal Creek Conference Center and Fishtrap Writers Conference
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