Clare Follmann is a writer, editor, tea-leaf reader, and herbalist located in Olympia, Washington. Her work engages with themes of landscape and sense of home, language, philosophy, anarchy, story-telling, and the occult.

She has published articles and prose in Oak JournalInnersleeve, and Elderly Mag, and was the artist-in-residence at Sou’Wester in the spring of 2020.

She is working on two books. How to be at Home: Fragments on Modern Dwelling is a series of prose vignettes exploring what it means to be at home—in the body, in a dwelling, in a community, and in a modern world in crisis. Spellbound is a collection of essays detailing the power of language while seeking to decolonize our modern lexicon.

Education and Experience

An M.E.S. graduate from Evergreen State College, her thesis The Art of Arguing Science: A Critique of Scientific Rhetoric through the Invasive Species Narrative explores both inaccessible language and misleading militaristic rhetoric used in the scientific narrative of invasive species. In the summer of 2019, she was a guest speaker at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources to share and engage with the work from her thesis.

Clare received her B.A. in Philosophy and Literature from Sarah Lawrence College. Her essay The Walls of the Mind House was nominated for the 2013 Spencer Barnett Memorial Prize for Excellence in Latin American Studies, and her essay Two Tales of One City was nominated for the 2013 Lipkin Prize in the Humanities.

For six years, Clare worked as a manager, events coordinator, bookseller, and book-buyer at two independent bookstores in Olympia, WA. Now, Clare works alongside herbalist Elise Krohn and GRuB’s Tend, Gather and Grow team to help research, design, and edit a series of curricula of 80+ lessons for educating youth and teachers on Indigenous plant knowledge. She is also GRuB‘s Grant Coordinator.