Carla Seaquist is a commentator, author, and playwright. Since 9/11 she has focused on commentary, writing on politics, culture, and ethical-moral issues, first for The Christian Science Monitor (2002-2009), then HuffPost (2009-2018), and now Medium. Her earlier book of commentary, Manufacturing Hope: Post-9/11 Notes on Politics, Culture, Torture, and the American Character, was published in 2009. She is also the author of Two Plays of Life and Death, which include Who Cares?: The Washington-Sarajevo Talks and Kate and Kafka. Ahead is a long-planned play, Prodigal. She has completed a memoir, about her relationship with her mother, titled The Main Event: A Mother and Daughter Turn Tragedy into Peace.
Ms. Seaquist’s early career in civil rights began with organizing the women’s caucus of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and culminated with the post of Equal Opportunity Officer for the City of San Diego, for which she received N.O.W.’s Susan B. Anthony award for “courage and hard work on behalf of women and minorities.” She was also appointed to the California Governor’s Task Force on Civil Rights. Ms. Seaquist majored in international relations in college (School of International Service, American University) and graduate school (School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University). Long a resident of Washington, D.C., she now lives in the “other” Washington (Gig Harbor), where she served on the board of Humanities Washington. Her husband Larry, a former Navy captain, served four terms as a State Representative (Democrat), chairing the House committee on higher education his last two terms. He is at work on a book titled Doing Democracy in America.