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Carol J. Morrison


Carol J. Morrison

Carol Jane Morrison, writer, editor, speaker and therapist—is a Mississippi native who, after sixteen years as a Northwesterner, lives, as Jesse Winchester sings, "with her feet in Dixie and her head in the cool, blue North."

Carol wrote her first poem at age eight, and she continued writing poetry and stories throughout adolescence and adulthood. Her muse beckoned more powerfully eight years ago, spurring her to study writing in the Seattle area with local novelists Janet Carey, Jack Remick, and Bob Ray, with editor Dorothy Wall in Berkeley, and with Natalie Goldberg on Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada.

After six years as a college teacher and motivational counselor and fifteen years as a psychotherapist in private practice, Carol decreased her patient caseload in order to pursue her writing, editing and consulting interests. When her essay "Catching On" was published by Gray's Sporting Journal, Carol was inspired to write more about coming to understand her husband Ed's fly-fishing passion. That developed into her first book of creative non-fiction, Catching On—Love with an Avid Fly Fisher, which recently was awarded the 2003 Jim Angell Award for the best first book by a Presbyterian.

She currently creates and leads writing workshops and classes in the Seattle area for the King County Library System, the North Bend Library, the Redmond Association for the Spoken Word and for various community and academic organizations.

Carol was married twice before—to a professional tennis player and to a deep-sea diver. Both experiences initiated her to the inner and outer lives of obsessed men and these experiences contributed material for Catching On.

She and her third (and please, Lord, last) husband, Ed, live and love on the south fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Washington, with their cats, Emmylou Harris and Seattle Sunshine. Most of the time, Carol doesn't even care if Ed goes fishing.

Carol J. Morrison

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Elsie Wiesel, holocaust survivor and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace, said, "As long as there is passion, there is hope." Catching On is a tribute to women, to men, to fly fishing, and to celebrating our loved ones' passions.