Bachelor of Fine Arts, University Washington, 1976.
Founder, coordinator Haiku Northwest Poets/Readers, Mercer Isle, Washington, 1988—2000. Editor Brussels Sprout, 1988-1995. Co-editor Haiku Northwest Anthology, Seattle, 1996, Red Moon Press, Berryville, Virginia, 1996.
Workshop presenter Haiku Canada, Toronto and Alymer, Quebec, Canada, 1992, 95, Haiku North America, California, Toronto, 1993, 95, Haiku North America, Oregon, 1997, Haiku International, Tokyo, 1997. Judge International Haiku Contest New Zealand Poetry Society, 1995, People's Haiku & Senryu Contest, Canada, 1999, San Francisco Contest for Haiku Poets of North California, 1992, Hawaii Education Association, Honolulu, 1995, 99, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association Women (Seattle) International Poetry Contest, 2000, Florida State Poetry Association Contest, 2003.
Member National League American Penwomen (treasurer 1992-1994, Owl award 1982, 92, 1st prize state art exhibition Frye Museum 1993, 1st place Haiku, 1995), Haiku Society of America (president 1993-1994, Merit book 1994, judge 1997, Brady Senryu Contest Her Majesty award 1997, Merit book award 2001, San Francisco International Haiku award 2002, Sora award 2004), Heron's Nest award, 2003), Northwest Watercolor Society (treasurer 1980-1985), Women Painters Washington (vice president 1987, board 1985-1993).
Married Bernard L. Porad, June 12, 1949 (deceased). Children: Laurie, Bruce, Ken, Constance, Marci, Jeffrey.