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 Journal, Innersleeve, 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.
List of Edited Works
Tend, Gather and Grow Teacher Guide (GRuB, 2020)
D3WX bi Pa lil Plants, Medicine and Native Foods (Northwest Indian Treatment Center, 2019)
Immune & Respiratory Herbs: A Resource for Tribal Communities During COVID-19 (Urban Indian Health Institute, 2020)
Native Infusion: Rethink Your Drink (First Nations Development Institute, 2019)
List of Published Works
Is Anybody Home? A Myth in Crisis
(Oak Journal, Spring 2022)
For Aletheia. Against Comus, Against Erebus: An Invitation to Become Child-like, in Order to Save the World!
(Innersleeve Magazine, May 2021)
Words of the Wasteland: Against a Plastic Language (Oak Journal, October 2020)
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.