Little Terri & her rattle

TERRI COHLENE grew up in Skyway, a suburb of Renton, Washington where she competed with her two brothers in polliwog-catching, berry-throwing and slug-handling. Her work is influenced by car trips to Eastern Washington and visits to her grandparents’ apple orchard in Cashmere.

Three-in-a-tubHer writing career began in 1981 with the newspaper publication of a limerick which rhymed “Mercer” with “worser.”  She knew she was off-and-running!  Terri is now the author of eight books for children, and she wrote and assisted her Drama-Teacher daughter in the production of Fine Circle of Friends, a stage play for young adults. Her poetry for adults has appeared in Pontoon 8 & 9, Floating Bridge Review, Arnazella, Stories with Grace, Switched on Gutenberg and Godiva Speaks. The anthology, America at War, compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins, contains Terri’s YA poem entitled, Desert Storm.

pirate froggieA former art director and editor of her own award-winning imprint, Terri has taught at Richard Hugo House and Shoreline & Whatcom Community Colleges. Currently, she serves on the boards of Art Kitchen and Olympia Poetry Network, and is a freelance editor in Olympia, Washington.