Laura Stanfill, Publisher

 

“She has so much energy and is connecting people not just for herself. She’s just one of those mavens.”

—Brian Juenemann, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, as quoted in Publishers Weekly, Nov. 21, 2016

Laura Stanfill is the publisher of Forest Avenue Press and the founder of the Main Street Writers Movement. She is a community builder, a novelist, an award-winning journalist, and a sought-after speaker on the subject of publishing. To invite her to spread the Main Street message in your community, contact her at forestavenuepress (at) gmail (dot) com. 

Laura serves on the PubWest Board of Directors, the Atelier26 Books advisory board, and is an active member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, the Independent Book Publishers Association, Cascadia Publishers, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and Women in Portland Publishing.

Her recent appearances have included classes, speeches, and panels at Willamette Writers, the League of Extraordinary Writers, Portland State’s MFA in publishing program, the University of Oregon, Pacific University’s creative writing MFA program, Willamette University, the Oregon Writers Colony, the Manzanita Writers’ Series, and Corban University. She organizes semi-regular Portland-area networking opportunities for publishers, writers, and book-related media.

As a community newspaper editor, Laura earned numerous statewide awards for her writing and editorial skills, including general excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists, first place for headline writing from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Consumer Issues Reporting Award from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association for a series on contractor fraud. Laura’s professional background includes stints in public relations and freelancing for regional magazines and newspapers in Virginia, New York, and Oregon. Laura received her bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College and earned the school’s Jane Dealy Wirsig Prize for achievements in journalism.

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