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Iris
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Writer. Book artist. Quaker. Believes everyone has a story to tell.
Articles/Essays, Biography, Blogging, Creative nonfiction, Memoir, Travel
Literary, Women's Fiction, Articles/Essays, Biography, Creative nonfiction, Memoir, Travel

Iris Graville is a writer, teacher, editor, independent publisher, bookbinder, and retired nurse from Lopez Island, WA. Her profiles and personal essays have been published in national and regional journals and magazines. She holds a Master’s of Nursing degree from the University of Washington and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts where she served as nonfiction editor for Soundings Review. Iris is also the publisher for SHARK REEF online literary magazine. She blogs regularly about writing and spiritual matters.

As a writer, Iris strives to give voice to the untold stories of ordinary people. Her first book, Hands at Work—Portraits and Profiles of People Who Work with Their Hands, received numerous accolades including a Nautilus Book Gold Award, Independent Publishers Award, and an Indie Next Generation Book Award. Here second book, BOUNTY, combines photographs, profiles, and recipes to present an intimate, behind-the-scenes view of what it takes to bring food from earth to table on Lopez Island.

Iris’s memoir, Hiking Naked—A Quaker Woman’s Search for Balance, is forthcoming in September from Homebound Publications. Hiking Naked is a personal narrative of what she learned in the remote mountain village of Stehekin, WA about work, community, and leadings of the Spirit (as well as dealing with six feet of snow in the winter, ordering groceries by mail, and living without a telephone).

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