The Artist

Gerry kayakingKnown to friends as Gerry, the artist often writes or sketches with watercolor pencils in her kayak off Orcas Island, on the Willamette River, or while strolling along the Metolius and other rivers where her husband and son fly fish. Her sons recent sojourn for college in Maine has added new inspiration for the work.

Gerry is active in peace and justice work. Now free-lance, she taught at Lincoln High in Portland, Oregon for 20+ years, where she mentored the award-winning magazine, Polyglot. She co-founded the MFA in Writing program at Pacific University and occasionally consults on program implementation and design.

Gerry reading her poetry
She has been honored for her poetry by the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, Clark College, Soapstone, Poets Against the War, and the Oregon State Poetry Association. Her poems have appeared in many local and national publications. These include:


  • The English Journal
  • Northwest Magazine
  • Fireweed
  • Sunrust
  • The North Coast Times Eagle
  • The Reed College Exile
  • The Oregonian

and the anthologies:

  • Peace, Peace to the Far, and to the Near
  • Raising Our Voices: Oregon Poets Against the War
  • Icarus: One Small Step
  • Portland Lights
  • Inquiry: The Immigrant Experience

The artist’s studioOf her life and work, Gerry states: I am a poet and teacher witnessing, in a changing world, drawing upon familiar northwest landscapes for symbols both personal and universal, stemming from my roots as a fourth generation Oregonian .

Geraldine attended Stanford, San Jose State and Portland State universities, and earned her Masters from Reed College. She creates her art in her Portland studio and wherever her travels take her.


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