Laura Stanfill (she/her), Publisher

Laura Stanfill is the neurodivergent publisher of Forest Avenue Press and the founder of the Main Street Writers Movement. She speaks regularly at colleges, universities, workshops, and festivals to increase industry transparency and decentralize the publishing power structure. Sometimes she feeds her authors snacks out of her purse. She believes in the power of storytelling and wishes on indie bookstores like stars. 

Liz Prato (she/her), Editor-at-Large

Liz Prato’s most recent book, Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege: Essays on Hawai‘i (Overcup Press) was named a Top Summer Read by the New York Times, and a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She is also the author of Baby’s on Fire: Stories (Press 53), and editor of The Night, and the Rain, and the River: 22 Stories (Forest Avenue Press). Her work was named a Notable selection in Best American Essays and Best American Sports Writing 2018. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Rumpus, Carolina Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Salon, and Subtropics. Liz believes in independent bookstores, small presses, community, grace, and palm trees.

Samm Saxby (they/she/human/earthling), Associate Editor

Samm Saxby transferred to Portland State University where she earned her BFA in Creative Writing Fiction and graduated with honors. Samm is the Events and Marketing Assistant for Catapult / Counterpoint / Soft Skull Press, Associate Editor for Forest Avenue Press, Assistant Editor for The Gravity of the Thing, Copy and Development Editor for the graphic novel series, WaterShed, and she has published work in Nailed magazine. Samm is working hard to dismantle racism in book publishing. She participates in local writing workshops, reading series, speaks on literary panels, volunteers for literary events, is working on her first zine with Microcosm Publishing, and writing her debut novel.

Kristi Wallace Knight (she/her), Associate Editor

Gigi Little (she/her), Graphic Designer

Gigi Little is honored to be graphic designer for Forest Avenue Press. She also edited the very popular Forest Avenue anthology City of Weird and co-designed and co-edited the art book The Untold Gaze. As a writer, her work has appeared in Portland Noir, Spent, The Pacific Northwest Reader, and elsewhere.

Advisory Board

Michelle Ruiz Keil, Elisa Saphier

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