Night, Rain, River Reading in Salem

TNATRATR Cover web sizeLois Rosen, Trevor Dodge, and Joanna Rose are reading from their stories at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 22, at The Book Bin East in Salem, 2235 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, Village East Shopping Center.

The Book Bin says, “A remarkable new anthology of short stories, The Night, and the Rain, and the River, has just been published by Forest Avenue Press.  It is a collection of short stories by Oregon writers telling stories about Oregon life.  Stories of Oregon people reaching out to make connections and missing  or connecting in the wrong ways and trying again.”

Read more here.

Anthology editor Liz Prato will introduce the authors.

The Night, and the Rain, and the River, published by Forest Avenue Press, is funded in part by a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship. The anthology features letterpress art by Clare Carpenter of Tiger Food Press. It has been chosen as an Annie Bloom’s Books staff pick and has appeared on the Powell’s anthology bestseller list.

Natalie Serber, author of the linked story collection Shout Her Lovely Name, said, “Like the varied and verdant landscape of the Pacific Northwest, the stories in The Night, and The Rain, and the River will make you gasp and grow your heart. Sweet cheating boyfriends, hopeful drunk drivers, angry little sisters, inept sincere fathers, even a lonely goose, all are portrayed with exuberant complexity in their quests for love. These stories offer up bright light in our often overcast skies.”

Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Dora: A Headcase, said: “I love this book like I love the ocean. The Night, and the Rain, and the River gets under your skin and travels your body from the first page. Each story brings you to the edge of your own heart, or life, or death, or gut grabbing laughter, and as the stories accumulate, you slowly realize you’ve been allowed into a world. These writers will mark you for life; remember their names. We are nothing without each other.”

Lois Rosen’s short stories have appeared most recently in: Alimentum: the Literature of Food, Calyx, Raven Chronicles, and VoiceCatcher. Traprock Books published her poetry book, Pigeons. A Salem, Oregon, resident, her writing often transports her back to the New York of her childhood. A graduate of Rainier Writing Workshop’s MFA program, Lois has taught at Willamette University and Chemeketa Community College.

Trevor Dodge is the author of two collections of short fiction (The Laws of Average and Everyone I Know Lives On Roads), a novella (Yellow #10), and collaborator on the writing anti-textbook Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Writing. He teaches writing, literature, and comics studies at Clackamas Community College and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He lives in Oregon City and also online at

Joanna Rose has published poems, stories, essays, reviews, one novel called Little Miss Strange, and several pieces that are none of the above. She lives in Portland and teaches here and there, including in her dining room as part of The Pinewood Table group. She has dogs.

Editor Liz Prato’s short stories and essays have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry ReviewSubtropicsThe RumpusIron Horse Literary ReviewHunger MountainCarve, and ZYZZYVA, among others. She was the Guest Prose Editor for the Summer 2013 issue of VoiceCatcher. Awards include the 2010 Minnetonka Review Editor’s Prize, first place in the 2005 Berkeley Fiction Review Sudden Fiction Contest, and a scholarship to the 2012 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She began teaching at the Attic Institute in 2008, and has taught creative writing for several literary organizations in Oregon.


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