Phyllis Collier was a Technical Writer and a Manager for Health and Safety Communications at Boeing Aerospace Company. She was an accomplished poet having her poems published in numerous literary works and magazines including the International Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest and Washington English Journal.
Collier won a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship grant; awards from Nimrod Pablo Neruda, Willow Springs and the National Writers Union; and a Ragdale Foundation residency. Collier also taught English as a second language and English 101 at North Seattle Community College. She attended Highline from 1973-1977 and earned her associate degree in liberal arts. She went on to obtain her bachelor's degree in English and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and poetry from the University of Washington. She passed away in 2010 after battling breast cancer.