Forest Avenue Press will be recognized on Monday, March 17, as part of the Oregon Book Awards ceremony for receiving a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship. (Tickets are still available!)
It’s our pleasure to officially announce that we plan to use the bulk of the fellowship funding to support the publication of The Night, and the Rain, and the River, our Oregon short story anthology, edited by Liz Prato and slated for a May 1 release to coincide with National Short Story Month.
Publisher Laura Stanfill was invited to give a short speech about what the fellowship means to Forest Avenue Press at a Literary Arts celebration of fellowship winners and Oregon Book Award finalists on January 16. Here’s what she said:
Two years ago, I founded a small press to publish and promote Oregon writers. The decision to become a publisher felt a bit brash, like calling myself a superhero. But I did it anyway, because I wanted to support local talent, I wanted to create a new outlet for literary fiction, and I’ve always secretly wanted a shiny cape.
Forest Avenue Press publishes quiet books for a noisy world. We’re small but vital. We’re fiercely regional, but we strive for national recognition. And we’re so grateful to Literary Arts for endowing us with our first official superpower: a fellowship.
This gift strengthens our efforts to reach readers and writers outside Portland. This gift validates the work our authors, editors, illustrators, designers, and readers have put into supporting our titles. This gift is way more practical than a shiny cape. Publishing is a tough business with tight margins. Having a $2,500 check arrive felt like relief.
So far we have released a homegrown anthology, Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life, and Stevan Allred’s acclaimed linked short story collection, A Simplified Map of the Real World.
We have two debut novels forthcoming this year, by Dan Berne and Kate Gray, but the bulk of this financial gift will benefit our Oregon short story anthology, The Night, and the Rain, and the River, edited by Liz Prato and slated for a May release to coincide with National Short Story Month. We are overjoyed to share this Oregon Literary Fellowship superpower with those twenty-two authors and their communities.
Thank you, Literary Arts, and congrats to all the winners and finalists. It’s an honor to stand here beside you.
And so to you, Forest Avenue supporters, readers, authors, editors, and artists, and especially the authors of the short stories in The Night, and the Rain, and the River, congratulations. This fellowship is for us. Let’s spread the word. Let’s use it well to grow Forest Avenue Press and to continue providing opportunities to Oregon authors and artists.