Local Creative Writing Anthology Earns
Powell’s City of Books Pearl Room Debut

PORTLAND, OREGON--An event celebrating Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland. 

The Powell’s Pearl Room event will feature ten of the book’s forty-two Oregon authors. Gina Ochsner, Kate Gray, Robert Hill, Gigi Little and Laura Stanfill will read their flash essays from Brave on the Page. Following the readings, Joanna Rose will moderate a panel discussion on the creative process featuring Kristy Athens, Jon Bell, Scott Sparling and Yuvi Zalkow, all four of whom are interviewed in the book. 

Brave on the Page, a homegrown writing reference book edited by Laura Stanfill, was released this fall by Portland-based Forest Avenue Press. It was named the Powell’s On Oregon Blog “Book of the Year” for 2012, Powell’s Hawthorne recommended it as a staff pick and a four-star review is forthcoming from The Portland Book Review.

“The author interviews include advice to aspiring writers, behind-the-scene book tour anecdotes, and thoughts on rejections and the research process,” Stanfill said. “The short essays respond to a question word prompt—such as who or why—in relation to writing. They include an examination of where characters come from, hilarious real-life dialogue lines, tips on avoiding distractions and an homage to Lamy pens and Dixon Ticonderoga pencils. All the authors, some well known and others less so, have been bravely facing the blank page for years.”

Forest Avenue Press uses the Espresso Book Machine at Powell’s as its printer and primary distributor. In addition to being available made to order at any of the eighty Espresso Book Machines around the world, Brave on the Page, $14, 200 pages, is available in Portland at Annie Bloom’s, Broadway Books, Powell’s City of Books and Powell’s on Hawthorne. It’s available online at and powell’ For more information, see, or contact editor Laura Stanfill at

Honoring Big Stories by Writing Brief Chapters–with Kim Stafford

Wednesday, January 16, 5-8 p.m.
Lewis & Clark College, Graduate Campus

This event is FREE and open to the public.
Teachers, students, and other citizens often carry stories too big to manage, or secrets too strange to tell.

As a launch for Kim Stafford's new book 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared, this workshop will explore how “the trick of beginning” can release possible epiphanies from the silence of impossible stories.

The evening will include refreshments, writing time, readings from the book, and music. To RSVP visit
Questions? Contact the Center for Community Engagement at 503-768-6040 or


December 11, 2012 will be the 90th anniversary of Grace Paley's birth. Grace was one of our most committed, hopeful & joyous activists; one of the greatest short fiction writers ever to use American English; a notable poet and essayist - and a serious ping-pong player.

Come to a party celebrating Grace's life and work - bring your friends and neighbors, your colleagues and pals.

Watch an award-winning documentary film -
Grace Paley: Collected Shorts check out the trailer - -you can get a copy of the DVD at this site


Hear a posse of Portlanders reading Grace’s poems & stories & essays ......
Ben Parzybok ... Constance Hall ... Harold Johnson ... Khanh Pham ... Laura Moulton ...Liz Woody ... Michael Heald ... Sandy Polishuk ... Steve Williams ... with Judith Arcana as MC

The Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton in Portland, Oregon on 12/11/12
Take public trans - buses 10 & 4

. free admission - courtesy of generous theater owners & filmmaker
. popcorn, candy & drinks for sale at the counter + free birthday cake

This event is supported by a grant from Soapstone.
GRACE PALEY: 1922 - 2007more about Grace