As a young child,Monda Hollebeke,lived on a wheat ranch near Highwood, Montana, attending a one-room schoolhouse in Waltham.Her parents attended the University of Montana in the 1920s. She graduated from Gonzaga University and received a Masters degree in American Literature from the University of Washington.
Monda formerly taught writing skills and developmental education classes at Edmonds Community College and in their contracted educational programs at Twin Rivers Corrections Unit in Monroe (for eleven years). Poetry is her passion, although she has mostly published prose: a book-length biography on a Northwest Jesuit educator (Jebbie: A Life of John P. Leary, S.J.), newspaper articles on gardening, and articles for children’s magazines. Monda’s poems have been published in Writers Digest (Contest Issue), Between the Lines, Floating Bridge Press, and ByLine. She has won first place in a number of local contests, including Shoreline Arts Council’s Poetry Month contests and Write on the Sound conference in Edmonds.