Nancy Lou Canyon, MFA C.V.


1000 Harris Avenue, #6 s Bellingham, WA  98225
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, August 2007 – Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, (Psych/Art Therapy), 1993 – Marylhurst University, Portland, OR AOS Visual Communication, 1989 – N.W. College of Art, Poulsbo, WA
Painting Classes--Spokane Falls Community College & Spokane Art School, 70s & 80s
Additional Training
Excellence Northwest’s Strategies for Excellence Series, 2007 – Bellingham, WA
Certificate in Fiction Writing, 2000 – University of Washington Extension, Seattle, WA
Authentic Movement Training, 1989-2003 – Port Townsend, WA
Washington State Massage License, 1995 – Port Townsend School of Massage, WA
 Artist Residencies
Whiteley Center, 2009, Friday Harbor, WA Forthcoming weeklong retreat to focus on memoir.
Artsmith Artist Residency, 2012 &2008. Orcas Island, WA    One week fellowship.
     Centrum Artist Residency, 2012 & 2007.  Port Townsend, WA   
                                              Teaching Experience
·         Collage Class, Private, Fairhaven, WA
·         Illustrated Journal, Whatcom Community College
·         Creative Writing Classes, Whatcom Community College & Academy for Lifelong Learning (Current)
·         Writing Practice Instruction and Book Editing, Bellingham, WA (Current)

Prose Publications
Popcorn Farm, 2014                                       “Popcorn List”
Able Muse2010                                              “A Terrible Storm”
Water-Stone Review2010                               “Take Down & Escape”                                 
Fourth Genre, 2009                                         “Gum”                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Exhibition, 2008                                              “Drawn by Hairs”
Main Street Rag2008                                     “Celia’s Heaven” (novel excerpt)
Obliquity2006                                                            “Ghost Rocks” (novel excerpt Stealing Time)

Poetry Publications
Clover: A Literary Rag, 2013                                “Can You See Her Fly” & “I Don’t Remember”
Clover: A Literary Rag, 2012                                “Abandonment Revisited, Rising Water
Labryinth, 2012                                                           “When You Are Ready”
Strands, Anchor Art Space, 2012                    “Green on Green”                   
Spirit One, 2011                                              “Circumference”
Bat Shat, 2011                                                 “Frozen Pipes,” “I Don't Remember”
Floating Bridge Review2009                         “Lost Brain, Please Call”
Poetry South, 2009                                          “Drifting Off” 
Labyrinth, 2009                                                           “Caution Says”
Exhibition2007                                              “Die Cut”
Poets on the Lake2007                                              “The Art of Foretelling”
Earth’s Daughters #682006                          “Tidal Generations”
Her Mark Datebook, 2005 & 2006                 “Home at Sea,” “Dust Prophecies”
Spillway Review2004                                     “Dream”
Wicked Alice, 2004                                          “Carrying On”
Treewalk Anthology2004                               “Winter Guard”
Poets Against the War2004                            “Nerve Root”
Poesy Magazine, 2004                                                “Winter Guard”
BIAC Poetry Corners2004, 2006                   “Summer With You”
Spindrift, 2004, 2003                                       “Grandma’s Garden & Alice’s Mirror”

Poetry Awards

Portia Steele Memorial Award for Excellence in Poetry              “Escape Artist”
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest Walk Award Winner 2007    “Dreaming Beneath a Big Sky”

Editorial Experience

Poetry Walk: The First Five Years, Sue C. Boynton Contest,  Editor and Designer, 2010
Crab Creek ReviewJune 2009 to present, Fiction Editor.
BecomingWhat Makes a Women, April 2012, Assistant Poetry Editor
Memoir and NovelFreelance Editing


Chuckanut Writers Conference, July 2011
Spoken Word Emcee, Blue Horse Gallery, January 2011, Poetry, Prose, and Storytelling
Speakeasy, Mindport, Bellingham, Aug. 6th, 2010 Poetry Reading.
Floating Bridge Review, Seattle, WA, 2009
Village Books Open Mic ReadingsOngoing Since 2005
Obliquity, Eagle Harbor Book Co, BI, WA; Aunties, Spokane, & Village Books, Bellingham
Pacific Lutheran University, Graduate reading From Celia’s Heaven, August, 2007

Professional Memberships

Whatcom Writers and Publishers, Bellingham, WA
Whatcom Poetry Series, Bellingham, WA, Board Member, Whatcom County
Sue C. Boynton Committee Member, 2007-Present, Whatcom County
Old Fairhaven Association, Bellingham, WA
Allied Arts of Whatcom County, Bellingham, WA
Whatcom County Museum, Bellingham, WA


Linda Howson, Community Education Program Coordinator, Whatcom Community College, , 360-383-3203.
Brenda Miller, Professor of English, Western Washington University, author of Tell it Slant: Creating, Refining and Shaping Creative Nonfiction., 360-738-7230

Sue Erickson, Sue C. Boynton Committee’s Poetry Class Coordinator, Artist & Poet, 360-733-0693          Shadow Box Class, Private, Bellingham, WA

·         Amulet Class, Private, Mixed Media, Bellingham, WA
·         Collage Class, Private, Bellingham, WA
·         Artist Way, Private, Kingston, WA
·         Painting Instructor, Private, Kingston, WA
·         Illustration Instructor, N.W. College of Art, Poulsbo, WA, 1991-92
Additional Work Experience
Novelist & Memoirist, Bellingham & Kingston, WA 1999-2008.
Author of three novels: Whispering, Idaho, Stealing Time, and Celia’s Heaven.
            Multi-genre classes, Bellingham & Kingston, WA. Exercises to break creative blocks.
Visual Artist, Bellingham, Kingston, Seattle, & Spokane, WA, 1985-Current
Washington State Licensed Massage Therapist, Poulsbo & Bellingham, WA
Rituals for Healing, Kingston and Bellingham, WA: Creative exploration,

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