Amrita Skye Blaine writes short essays, memoir, fiction, and poetry, developing themes of aging, coming of age, disability, and most of all, the process of unlearning–the heart of the matter. In 2003, she received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her memoir, Bound to Love: a memoir of grit and gratitude, won first prize in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association literary contest (2005), the IndieBRAG medallion (2016), and first prize in the BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publishers Association) contest (2016). She has published two novels, Unleashed (2017) and Must Like Dogs (2020). Unleashed won an IndieBRAG medallion. She is hard at work on the third novel in the series, Passing the Torch. She is now writing a poem a day, a spiritual practice. Most of the poems have the subtitle note to self, her way of shaking herself awake.
She has had personal essays and poetry published in twelve anthologies, and in national magazines: “In Context” (now known as “Yes!” magazine) and “Catalyst.” Other personal essays have been published in the “Register-Guard” newspaper, and the “Eugene Weekly.” Skye also presented radio essays on KRML 1410 AM in Carmel, CA.
She teaches memoir privately.