Celebrate the day before Valentine’s Day with original tales of bad love by Stevan Allred, Amber Krieger, Gigi Little, and Tammy Lynne Stoner at the Thursday Night Reading Series, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Rain or Shine Coffee House, 5941 SE Division St.
Be prepared to laugh while your heart is being ripped out. All four readers are featured in Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life, the homegrown anthology that launched Portland’s Forest Avenue Press in 2012.
Stevan Allred lives and writes in a house in the woods halfway between Fisher’s Mill and Viola, in rural Clackamas County, outside of Portland, Oregon. A Simplified Map of the Real World (Forest Avenue Press), his debut linked short story collection, was chosen as one of the best books of 2013 in the annual Powell’s Staff Top 5s. Stevan is the editor of Dixon Ticonderoga, a zine that explores the intimate relationship between divorce and pencils. He teaches writing at the Pinewood Table and has been widely published in literary magazines.
Amber Krieger lives under the name Amber Keller. Her writing has appeared in B O D Y, Carve Magazine, The Adirondack Review, Brave on the Page and elsewhere. She is the host of Late Night Debut, Late Night Library's podcast series focused on debut books. When she is not writing, she can be seen riding around town with her four-year-old on a very big bike.
Gigi Little's work has appeared in literary magazines and in anthologies including Portland Noir and Brave on the Page. Along with her work appearing *in* books, it has appeared *on* books, as she's also the graphic designer for Forest Avenue Press. By day, she works as Lead Visual Merchandiser for Powell's Books and is married to fine artist Stephen O'Donnell. Before moving to Portland, Gigi spent fifteen years in the circus, as a lighting director and professional circus clown. She never took a pie to the face and never got stuffed into one of those little cars, but she is a Rhodes scholar on the art of losing one's pants.
Tammy Lynne Stoner is currently pimping her novel Spots in Sugar Land, which follows the life of a dowdy prison cook with the gift of “the Sight” as she overcomes a frightening prophesy to become the fabulous matriarch to a family of Texas misfits. In the past three years she’s been published by Unshod Quills – who nominated her for a Million Writers Award, 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, Pif Magazine, Folio and with the delightful Forest Avenue Press.