Arlene Sundquist Empie

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B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1980


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Boulder House Publishers

Biographical Note

Arlene Sundquist Empie received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College and a Certificate for Narrative Nonfiction Writing, University of Washington. She is the author of Minding a Sacred Place under the pen name Sunnie Empie, which received a 2002 Independent Publishers “IPPY” Award for best architecture book.

The Legacy of Ida Lillbroända became the author's personal quest to find her Finnish roots, to learn about her cultural heritage and to fall in love with a place called Finland.

The Pacific Northwest's Skagit Valley is the author’s spiritual home. From her writer’s studio on an island in the San Juan archipelago, thought and memory meld into twilight moments overlooking the Salish Sea.

Publication Types

Non-Fiction, Poetry

Love Is A PlaceLatest Publication Title

Love Is A Place: A collection of poetry

Publication Excerpt

Love Is A Place: A collection of poetry by Arlene Sundquist Empie honored as "Winner" in the Poetry: General category, The 2012 USA Best Book Awards!

"In Love Is A Place, the poet’s passion and life experience conjoin to create a powerful collection that casts new light on love and place. Whether observing coyotes' shenanigans or mating of rattlesnakes, her descriptions and rich imagery give us renewed appreciation for the natural world and all its inhabitants. In poems that range from the Sonoran desert to the shores of the Salish Sea, she reminds us to heed the call of Nature. 'Listen,' she says. 'Their songs are here. The beat goes on.' Take this companion with you on your next trip. See if you, too, don’t begin to hear their songs."

— Holly Hughes, Beyond Forgetting

Arlene Sunquist Empie book

Additional Publications

The Legacy of Ida Lillbroända, Boulder House, 2010 (USA Book News 2010 Awards: Finalist Multicultural Non-Fiction and Finalist Narrative Non-Fiction.)
Minding a Sacred Place, Boulder House, 2001