Amy Minato is the author of The Wider Lens, published in 2004 by Ice River Press. Her poetry has been published in national and regional magazines, and included in From Here We Speak: An Anthology of Oregon Poetry. She holds both an MFA in Creative Writing and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. Her poetry has been recognized with a 2003 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, and her prose with a Walden Fellowship. She currently teaches reading and writing workshops in the Portland area, but she thinks of the Wallowa Mountains as her home, and the Oregon landscape as her muse.