#Billy Thomas #staff

Billy Thomas

Billy Thomas is the owner and publisher of OLY ARTS magazine, the south sound’s premier mutli-platform arts publication, reaching 30,000 readers each month. He 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 newspapers for six years, learning publishing […]

#Melissa Avril Harris #Past Staff

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 productions. Melissa’s roots stretch from the artesian wells of Olympia to the cobblestoned streets of Deutschland. Contact any member of the […]

#Molly Walsh #staff

Molly Walsh

Molly Walsh is a writer and photographer, freelancing for Thurston Talk and the Shelton-Mason County Journal in addition to OLY ARTS. Her reporting assignments take her throughout the South Sound and she loves finding new people to meet and new stories to tell. You can always find Molly with a […]

#Past Staff #Rebekah Finn

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 nonprofit communications, including social media and grantwriting. Her passion is to help tell stories that have a positive impact on the world and especially through […]


Alec Clayton

OLY ARTS Editor Alec Clayton is an artist and writer. In addition to being the editor of and writing for OLY ARTS, he has written art and theater reviews and other feature articles for the Weekly Volcano, The News Tribune, Art Access, The Olympian, and Thurston Talk. His published novels […]

#Lucia Volker #Past Staff

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 work, nonprofits, and art collectives. In addition to writing for Oly Arts, she has had work published in the Mid America Print […]


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 publications. Contact any member of the OLY ARTS writing staff at editorial@olyarts.com.

Rosemary Ponnekanti
#Past Staff #Rosemary Ponnekanti

Rosemary Ponnekanti

Rosemary Ponnekanti is a multimedia storyteller and data analyst. For 11 years, she was an arts and features reporter for The News-Tribune in Tacoma, Washington. Before that, she was the editor in chief of ArtsHouston magazine. She holds a master’s degree in communication in digital media from the University of […]

#Guy Bergstrom #Past Staff

Guy Bergstrom

Guy Bergstrom is a speechwriter and speech coach and is a member of the Professional Speechwriters Association. He is also an award-winning reporter and a contributing editor to Criminal Element and The Big Thrill. He now hosts the popular writing and pop culture blog The Red Pen of Doom. He was a […]

Bryan Willis
#Bryan Willis

Bryan Willis

Bryan formerly served as Contributing Editor for OLY ARTS. Bryan is co-founder of the Northwest Playwrights Alliance at Seattle Repertory Theatre. His writing and plays have appeared throughout the U.K., Israel, Japan, U.S. and Canada, including New York Theater Workshop, Milwaukee Rep, Unseam’d Shakespeare Co., ACT, Book-It Repertory Theatre and […]