Prior to becoming a full-time author, Kaci Cronkhite's career spanned three decades of successful leadership in non-profit, university, research, and adult education organizations. Her life-long skills in writing and communication were bolstered by academic studies in business, social sciences, and cultural studies. She chose to complete a sailing circumnavigation of the world over the last six chapters of a Ph.D. in 1997. In 2001, she took the helm of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival where, for a decade, she grew and helped guide that beloved regional event to world-renown. A life-long traveler, she splits her time between a home in the canyons of Roman Nose State Park in Oklahoma, with Spidsgatter PAX in Port Townsend, Washington, and on writing sojourns with family, friends and colleagues around the world.

The dynamo behind the internationally respected Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival for ten years.
— Scott Wilson, editor Port Townsend Leader
Kaci is an excellent organizer, personable, capable and able to manage complex projects with calm thoroughness.
— Benjamin Mendolwitz, Marine Photographer
Your writing is beautiful, evocative and cleverly funny!”

”Appreciate your acknowledging we’re just like everyone else, in other words, unique.”

”Just want to tell you thank you. I knew our world was beautiful and looking at your posts has opened my eyes to a whole new world.
— Comments from online readers
She’s one of the pillars of our community here, certainly in Port Townsend and in the Northwest boating community. As a person she’s intelligent, she’s nice, she’s sensitive to people and she really tries as hard as she can to make it all work. She’s a pretty rare individual. The festival has this great energy and that totally comes from Kaci. She cares so much.
— Jake Beattie, Executive Director NWMC & WBF
Every aspect of this major event went from strength to strength under her expert - and calm - leadership.
— Stephen Gale, Haven Boatworks

Notable Accomplishments & Awards

  • Author: Adlard Coles, Bloomsbury Publishing, London. October 2017 Finding Pax: one woman's journey for the love of her wooden boat, Fall 2018. A second book, the prequel, will be available Fall 2019. 

  • Author/publisher: Windspur Books, Port Townsend, WA. August 2016. Self published Finding Pax: the unexpected journey of a little wooden boat. Sold out in less than a year. Picked up by Bloomsbury for 2nd edition, worldwide distribution.

  • A decade in executive leadership at non-profits The Wooden Boat Foundation & Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend.

  • A decade ocean sailing on five different sailboats and one powerboat, including six years as full-time First Mate, relief Captain & instructor for Tethys Offshore during a world circumnavigation. Sailed over 62,000 miles in 34 countries. 

  • A decade as manager/director for education & marketing organizations in Alaska, Iowa and Oklahoma. Managed events, creative program teams, and international marketing campaigns for non-profits, universities and research clients. 

  • A childhood lived and writing life inspired on a fourth generation cattle ranch, the Cronkhite Ranch in northwest Oklahoma. 

  • Awards & references.  See LinkedIn: Kaci Cronkhite

  • Presentation samples


A life's work wherever the wind blows…. write on. 

- KC