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Caitlin Claire Morris

Writer and Editor

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I am a writer, editor, and educator, currently teaching writing and literature at Bellevue College. Beyond teaching, I am the co-host of the podcast Special Lady Day.

I received my MFA from Western Washington University’s MFA program where I focused on writing fiction and creative non-fiction. My writing and reading interests focus on traditionally marginalized voices and stories in a range of genres--literary fiction and memoir to mysteries and science fiction. Born and raised in Seattle, I have lived in Switzerland, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Boston.


Creative Work: Fiction and Podcast

Ghost Parachute
The Procedure - Ghost Parachute

A while ago, I dreamed that I was sick. I went to the doctor, and she told me that my illness had to be cured immediately. "How?" I asked. "By removing your heart," she said. "It's very easy." She gave me a knife. "After it's out, put your heart on this tray," she said pointing [...]

Blog Articles and Press Releases

You want it? You got it.

Ever since the I-405 Express Toll Lanes opened in September 2015, we've been listening to your feedback and suggestions for how we can improve the system. While we can't make every change, when we see an opportunity to improve the system, we want to do it. Starting Thursday night, our contractor's crews will continue making adjustments to the express toll lanes based on your feedback.

SR 167 and the Ancient Art of Masonry

When you think about highway noise walls-which I'm sure you do on a daily basis-the word romantic probably isn't the first adjective that comes to mind. But that's exactly how our own Paul Kinderman, State Bridge and Structures Architect, describes the technique used to create the 1.3-mile noise wall along the eastside of SR 167 in Algona.

Giving runoff pollution a...swirly?

Caring for the environment is about to take a page from the old high school prank book. On Friday, Oct. 23, crews will begin installing a new storm water drainage system along northbound I-405 in Bothell that literally swirls debris and pollutants away from water headed to the Sammamish River.

Seeing Double: Restriping begins between Bothell and Lynnwood on I-405

What do 850 football fields, 1,500 Boeing 747 wingspans and the height of 21 Mt. Rainiers have in common? They all stretch 300,000 feet. That’s also how much new striping our crews will install on Interstate 405 between Bellevue and Lynnwood in preparation for express toll lanes opening Sept. 27. Starting as early as late Friday, Sept. 18, between Interstate 5 in Lynnwood and NE 160th Street, drivers will begin to see double white lines on I-405. Restricted HOV access begins Saturday.

Want to see kickoff this weekend? Don't take I-405

So you've been hearing about express toll lanes for a while now. It's finally go time: the I-405 express toll lanes start this Sunday, September 27. But before the new lanes can open, crews have to complete 300,000 feet of restriping on I-405 - that's 850 CenturyLink Fields!

The Bothell Braids Untangled: Understanding the new I-405/160th interchange

On the morning of August 31, Bothell drivers who haven't had their first cup of coffee could find themselves headed for a surprise as they attempt to enter northbound Interstate 405 from Northeast 160th Street. Currently, drivers are using a temporary ramp located on the south side of Northeast160th Street.

SR 18 in Auburn: What lies beneath?

During the weekend of July 25-26, on State Route 18 we will perform a complex and well-choreographed dance of machinery, dirt and water to install a 120-foot-long bridge pier for the future SR 167 southbound HOT Lane. Passersby will notice cranes, drills, and 20,000-gallon tanks full of water and mud.

Alternative Holiday Shopping: Buying Handmade

Holiday. Shopping. Two small words that conjure memories of late night trips to department stores, panicked brainstorming to find something for the last person on your list, and anxiously watching the mail carrier arrive without the packages you ordered weeks ago. This year, Northwestern Washington artists and crafters offer an alternative definition.

New improvements coming to the I-405/SR 167 interchange

RENTON - The Washington State Department of Transportation will host a neighborhood open house on Dec. 10 to provide information about the latest plans for the recently-funded I-405/SR 167 Interchange Direct Connector project that is slated to begin construction in spring of 2016.

SR 18 to close at SR 167 nightly Oct. 26 & 27

AUBURN – Drivers relying on State Route 18 between Federal Way and Auburn should plan for major delays on the nights of Monday, Oct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 27. Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close SR 18 at State Route 167 as part of the SR 167 8th to 277th Southbound HOT Lane project.

Seeing double...white lines? Restricted HOV access on I-405 north of Northeast 160th starts Sept. 19

BOTHELL – You don’t need your eyes checked – you will see double on the north end of Interstate 405. Between Northeast 160th Street in Bothell and Interstate 5 in Lynnwood, crews will install double white lines to separate the HOV lane from the far left lane as early as Friday, Sept. 18. This work is the first step in installing 300,000 feet—that’s almost the same distance as 500 Space Needles—of new lane striping on I-405 for the new express toll lanes set to open on Sunday, Sept. 27.


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