STAFF

OLY ARTS | Arts & Culture in the South Sound | Published by OlyWorks LLC, Olympia, Washington | Publisher & Editor-in-Chief: Ned Hayes | Associate Publisher: Billy Thomas | Editor Emeritus: Christian CarvajalDistribution: Street Team | Address: 120 State Ave NE PMB #304, Olympia, WA 98501-8212

Current freelance staff listed below. To see our past staff writers, visit this page.

Writing Staff

Billy Thomas

Billy Thomas is an Olympia native and has been an advocate for local arts and businesses for many years. He worked for The Olympian and The News Tribune for six years,...

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Melissa Avril Harris

Melissa is a graduate of The Evergreen State College who splits her time between whipping up a mean latte, writing in her mobile office, and stage managing local theater...

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Rebekah Finn

Rebekah is a freelance writer and editor under Finn Communications LLC, with a background in English literature and a Certificate in Editing. Her experience includes...

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Alec Clayton

Alec Clayton is an artist and writer. He writes for OLY ARTS, as well as for the Weekly Volcano, The News Tribune and Thurston Talk (Olympia). Clayton’s published...

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Lucia Volker

Lucia is a writer and visual artist new to the Olympia region. She discovered her love of writing post-college through writing proposals and grants for her own creative...

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Molly Gilmore

Molly Gilmore has written for many years on arts, culture and entertainment. She writes for OLY ARTS, The Olympian, The News Tribune and a variety of other South Sound...

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Bryan Willis

Bryan serves as Contributing Editor for OLY ARTS. Bryan is co-founder of the Northwest Playwrights Alliance at Seattle Repertory Theatre. His writing and plays have...

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Yvonne Joyce

Yvonne Joyce is a quilter, artist and writer recently retired to the Olympia area after many years in southern California, where she covered arts and culture for SB,...

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Karen Lunde

Karen Lunde has been writing professionally since she was fifteen years old and covered high school basketball for her small-town newspaper, even though she was clueless...

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Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson is a long-time writer for The West-Seattle Herald and a recent transplant to the Olympia region. He hails originally from Bellingham, Washington, where he...

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Jonah Barrett

Jonah Barrett is a recent graduate of The Evergreen State College. He was senior coordinator and editor of TESC literary journal Vanishing Point. Jonah lives in...

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Adam McKinney

Adam McKinney

Adam McKinney has been writing professionally for over seven years. Before and during his time as a writer, he’s been involved in the South Sound arts scene,...

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Christian Carvajal

Christian Carvajal is an author, director, actor, writer and columnist based in northwestern Washington state. He was OLY ARTS‘ founding, managing editor for two...

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Ned Hayes

Ned Hayes is the author of three novels, most recently the bestselling Pacific Northwest novel The Eagle Tree, set in Olympia Washington. Ned was a freelance writer...

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