Holly J. Hughes is author of Sailing by Ravens (University of Alaska Press, 2014), coauthor of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Press, 2012), and editor of the award-winning anthology Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press, 2009). She is also the author of two chapbooks: Passings (Expedition Press, 2016) and Boxing the Compass (Floating Bridge Press, 2007). Most recently, she coedited Contemplative Approaches to Sustainability in Higher Education: Theory & Practice (Routledge, 2016).
Hughes is a recipient of a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship and residencies at Hedgebrook, Centrum, and Artsmith. Her poems have appeared in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies, including Dancing with Joy: 99 Poems (Random House), The Poet’s Guide to Birds (Anhinga Press), Working the Woods, Working the Sea (Empty Bowl Press), and America Zen: A Gathering of Poets (Bottom Dog Press).
She taught writing for more than 25 years at Edmonds Community College, where she cofounded and codirected the Sustainability Council and Convergence Writer’s Series. She also spent over 30 summers working on the water in Alaska in a variety of roles, including commercial fishing for salmon, skippering a 65-foot schooner and working as a naturalist on ships.
She currently teaches at the Port Townsend branch of Peninsula College and serves on the staff of the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University, as well as teaching writing workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest and consulting as a writing coach. She divides her time between a home in the Chimacum Valley and a small log cabin built in the 1930s in Indianola, Washington.