Susan G. Butruille, MA
Writer & Creator
Women's Voices series
and
Recipe For Justice
the musical readers theatre
to celebrate the Washington Suffrage Centennial


Susan G. Butruille
Susan Butruille’s most recent work is the new readers theatre Recipe For Justice, a historical drama commemorating the 2009-10 centennial of Washington equal suffrage. Recipe For Justice premiered on Mothers Day 2008 at Sleeping Lady Chapel Theatre in Leavenworth, Washington. The script is posted on washingtonwomenshistory.org (the Washington Women’s History Consortium).

Butruille is the award-winning author of the Women’s Voices series published by Tamarack Books in Boise, Idaho. Women’s Voices from the Oregon Trail inspired an Oregon Public Broadcasting film. Women’s Voices from the Western Frontier was an Oregon Book Awards finalist in Literary Nonfiction. Women’s Voices from the Mother Lode: Tales from the California Gold Rush commemorated the 1849 California Gold Rush. All Women's Voices books won first places from Oregon Press Women. "Susan Butruille's work is important in connecting women with their voices, whether those roots are spiritual, feminist or psychological." -- Contest Judge, Oregon Press Women.

Susan grew up in Colorado, where her father was in the US Forest Service and her mother was a teacher. She began her writing career with a fishing column in Alaska, and went on to write articles for such publications as the Christian Science Monitor, the Oregonian, the Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, and Redbook Magazine. She has edited two national publications, one in the needle arts, the other in training and development. Susan has written award-winning series on the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and on state trooper organizations, plus a women's history column for The Woman’s Journal, and the script for the film Bound For Oregon. Written for the End of the Oregon Trail center, the story brings to life four emigrants who traveled the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail in the 1840s. The author is a veteran of Oregon Humanities' Chautauqua speaker series and Humanities Washington's Inquiring Mind, www.humanities.org. She also teaches Elderhostels.

A former trustee of the World Affairs Council of Oregon, Susan coordinates the Great Decisions Foreign policy Discussion series in Leavenworth, Washington, where she lives with her husband, John. She sings in the town choir, Village Voices, directs readers theatre productions and co-directs music for her church. Susan and John have two sons, a granddaughter and a grandson.

  • Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail
  • Women's Voices from the Western Frontier
  • Women's Voices From The Mother Lode


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