An Inside Glimpse

A Pacific Northwest native, Shannon wrote her first poem at age eight and hasn’t stopped scribbling since. Most of her poems and stories take shape when she wanders forested trails, peddles her bike, or stretches into yoga’s loathed down-dog pose. When Shannon is not chained to her desk spinning policy, she dreams in color and rhyme. 


if petals bloomed
in our glass cage
what then?





“Seasonal Spell” Selected for public viewing installation for the Spring Arts Walk: Writing in the Rain project by Olympia Poet Laureate Amy Solomon-Minarchi, 2017.
“Free” The Percival Review. Edited by Shannon Blood, South Puget Sound Community College, 1998, pp. 33. Published under the pseudonym Marie Curtis.
“It Was It Was A Bad Year for Gladiolas” and “I Believe in You” Sandscript: a literary publication. Edited by J. McDonald, K. Keipper Enterprises for Writer’s Incorporated, 1987, pp. 5, 29.
“Imagery” The 1985 Sunlight Basin Writer’s Camp: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose. Edited by Tom Rea, Northwest Community College, 1985, pp. 25.

 Short Stories

“Mother’s Milk” The Percival Review. Edited by Dustin Potter, South Puget Sound Community College, 1996, pp. 59-65. First published as “One Nursing Mother’s Story” in the Washington Association of Lactation Consultants, 1994.
“Sand” and “The Window” Sandscript: a literary publication. Edited by J. McDonald, K. Keipper Enterprises for Writer’s Incorporated, 1987, pp. 13-14, 25-26.


“Passport: Washington Responds to Trafficking” The OCVAdvocate Quarterly Newsletter, Washington State Department of Commerce, Spring 2002.
“Changing the Norms: Making Violence the Exception in the Lives of Young People” The OCVAdvocate Quarterly Newsletter, Washington State Department of Commerce, Fall 2001.
“Helping Children Cope with Death Requires Skill” The Olympian. Blood, S., Chrest, S., & Larsen, D., October 1998.


 Technical Reports and Curriculum

“Washington State Home Visiting & Medicaid Financing Strategies” State of Washington. Recommendations report from the Health Care Authority to the Department of Early Learning. 2017.
“Child Care Subsidy System: Assessment, Options & Recommendations” State of Washington. Recommendations report from the Department of Early Learning to the Washington State Legislature on ESSB 5921.  2011.
“Enhanced Nutrition Education for Children and Families in Early Childhood Settings” State of Washington, Department of Early Learning report on the USDA’s Basic Food Nutrition Education Program in Washington State’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program. 2007.
“The FEAST Guide-by-the-Side Scrapbook Edition” State of Washington, Department of Early Learning. Curriculum guidebook for FEAST Scrapbook Leaders. 2006.
“CHOMP Family Fun” State of Washington, Department of Early Learning. Nutrition & health activities for children and parents. 2006.
“FEAST: Families Eating and Actively Sharing Together” State of Washington, Department of Early Learning. Activities and resources that build healthy eating and active lifestyles. 2005.


Master of Arts

May 2016

Strategic Communications, emphasizing community engagement, advocacy and ethics. Online degree program. Washington State University. 3.97 GPA
Bachelor of Arts

December 1999

Community Services, with an emphasis on social work, history and political science. St. Martin’s University. 3.75 GPA
Associate of Arts

June 1998

Liberal Studies, with an emphasis on literature, humanities and technical writing. South Puget Sound Community College. 3.98 GPA

Professional Experience

Technical Writing Provide a variety of clear and concise written communications using the principles of “plain talk” including researching and writing subject matter articles, legislative briefing and reports, developing interactive, family-friendly nutrition education curriculum and training materials for statewide staff, and organizing and directing student involvement in producing annual arts and literary publication.
Leadership and Community Development Support, train and guide staff, volunteers, and clients in meeting organizational and personal goals using a strengths-based perspective, including developing and conducting focus groups, facilitating meetings, directing volunteer activities, community outreach and fundraising for local non-profits, and advocating through written word and action on social justice issues.
Project Management Manage, monitor and report on federal and state funded family and community support programs, including designing grant funding applications, review tools, contracts, monitoring and evaluation tools, and planning and delivering statewide training to staff and volunteers.

Employment History

2015 – Current Program Manager, Health Care Authority, Olympia WA
2006 – 2015 Program Specialist, Department of Early Learning, Olympia WA
2000 – 2006 Program Coordinator, Department of Commerce, Olympia WA
1999 – 2000 Program Assistant, Child Care Action Council, Olympia WA
1998 – 1999 Administrative Assistant, Olympia Child Care Center, Olympia WA
1997 – 1998 Managing Editor, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA
1984 – 1997 Assorted positions in tutoring, sales and service industry, food services, construction trades, child care, landscaping, housekeeping and craftwork.

Community Service

Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER), Olympia, WA. Fundraising, grantwriting, forms development, community speaking, advocacy, outreach, board development. 1998-2016.
Interfaith Works, Olympia, WA. Facilitated board visioning and drafted revised bylaws, took council and board meeting minutes, facilitated meetings. 2004-2006.
Maple Lane Corrections, Rochester, WA. Led small group discussions, activities for incarcerated youth. 1992-1993.
Thurston County Health Department, Olympia, WA Provided HIV/AIDS street outreach, education and training on health practices, gathered data and wrote reports. 1991-1992.
Madison Elementary School, Olympia, WA Tutored elementary aged students in reading and writing skills. 1989-1990.