Literary Arts Chairperson & Outreach, Trish Shook

trish-fb picTrish Shook is the youngest of Louis and Patricia Shook’s seven children. Born in Oxnard, California, she moved to Guam at the age of nine, when her father accepted a civil service position working with the Navy as Director of the Consolidated Industrial Relations Office. His “two-year” contract became twelve, turning the family’s brief Pacific adventure into a life-changing event! Although her parents returned to San Diego when Louis retired, Trish and two of her siblings, Jack and Liz, remained in Guam. A southern girl at heart, she spent nearly thirty years living in Naval Station, Santa Rita, Agana Heights and Yona.

During a 14-year interim from 1986 to 2000, she lived in Los Angeles and worked in the financial services and computer network industries – all the while acting as an unofficial ambassador of Guam. Upon her return in 2001, Trish became a free-lance writer with Glimpses publications, and returned to the University of Guam to complete her bachelor’s in Communication. She graduated in 2006 and became the editor of the Marianas Business Journal. In later years, she taught middle school language arts in two Catholic schools, before becoming the office manager at Harrington Industrial Plastics.

In November 2014, Trish and her daughter, Maya, relocated to San Diego, where they share a home with “Grandma”. Determined to maintain their connection to Guam, she reached out to Sandy Uslander through the Sons and Daughters of Guam Club and was able to enroll Maya in the Uno Hit dance workshop. In true Chamorro style, they were welcomed into the community, making new friends and reacquainting with others. Within a matter of days she was on board the FestPac 2016 train – working with the Chamorro Arts Network to draw in artists to represent the diaspora. Looking forward to the challenges ahead, she is especially excited about the opportunity (excuse!) to return to Guam next year!

Trish Shook can be reached at trishshook2015@gmail.com.

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