about me

My name is Gabi Clayton. I am an artist, web designer, book publisher/editor (writer too), hearthkeeper, therapist, wife/mom/grandma/sister, red diaper baby, f/Friend, nontheist Quaker, PFLAG member, vegetarian, she/her pronouns.

I was born in New York City and have lived in Puerto Rico, San Francisco, Vermont, and Mississippi. I’ve been in Olympia, Washington since 1988. That is longer than I had ever lived anywhere!

I’ve always been an activist one way or another. My parents were left-wing progressives, and I grew up on picket lines and protest marches. My dad was a member of the Communist Party – making me what is called a ‘red diaper baby’ – so our house was watched by the FBI when I was a child. If you want to know more, read my essay, Encircled By My Heritage.

I’ve been married 45-odd (very odd) years to my husband, Alec. I’m mother of two sons, Noel and Bill, mother-in-law, step-mom, grandma and even great-grandma to a passel of folks, some of whom I haven’t even met yet. I have a sister and brother and their families, and recently reconnected with an almost-long-lost step brother as well.

My life is full and complex and anything but boring.