Carla Seaquist is a writer and playwright. Since 9/11 she has been writing commentary for national venues, first for The Christian Science Monitor and, since 2009, for The Huffington Post. Her latest book is a collection of her Huffington Post commentary, titled "Can America Save Itself from Decline?: Politics, Culture, Morality" (2015). An earlier book is titled "Manufacturing Hope: Post-9/11 Notes on Politics, Culture, Torture, and the American Character." Her play-in-progress, "Prodigal," is a retelling of the parable of the Prodigal Son. Other plays include "Who Cares?: The Washington-Sarajevo Talks" (Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago; Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C.; Festival of Emerging American Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis) and "Kate and Kafka." These two plays were published as "Two Plays of Life and Death." Her earlier career in civil rights culminated in the post of Equal Opportunity Officer for the City of San Diego and appointment to the California Governor's Task Force on Civil Rights, which service earned her N.O.W.'s Susan B. Anthony award. An international relations major, she earned a B.A. with honors at American University's School of International Service and pursued an M.A. at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Long a resident of Washington, D.C., she now lives in the "other" Washington (Gig Harbor), where she served a term on the board of Humanities Washington. Her husband Larry, a former Navy captain, was elected in 2006 and served four terms as a Representative (Democrat) to the state Legislature.