Arlene Sundquist Empie
Finnish North American Literature Association
Arlene Sundquist Empie (AKA Sunnie Empie) received her Bachelor of Arts Degree
from the Evergreen State College and a Certificate in Narrative Nonfiction Writing
from the University of Washington. Her pen name is Sunnie Empie, under which she
published Minding a Sacred Place, a book that has received the 2002 Independent
Publishers "IPPY" Award for architecture book.
Skagit Valley in the Pacific Northwest is Sundquist Empie's spiritual home, and she
maintains her studio on an island in the San Juan archipelago. She serves on the
Boards of Trustees for the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington, and
for Skagit County Historical Museum.
Sunnie's paternal grandparents emigrated from Soklot and Kronoby in the 1890s. She
also plays the accordion.
The Legacy of Ida Lillbroända has received two finalist awards Best Books 2010
for Multicultural Nonfiction and Narrative Nonfiction.
2012. Love Is a Place: A Collection of Poetry. La Conner, Washington: Boulder
House Publishers. Awards are shown below. Read a review here.
2010. The Legacy of Ida Lillbroända, Finnish Emigrant to America, 1893. La
Conner, Washington: Boulder House Publishers. Xx + 263 pp., illustrations, photos,
bibliography, index. Read a review here.
Sunnie Empie. 1998. Minding a Sacred Place. La Conner, Washington: Boulder