Reading at Soft Show

Stevan Allred, Kristen Forbes, Matthew Corum, and Yuvi Zalkow are reading as part of the Soft Show series at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 24, at Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont St, Portland, Oregon. The theme of Soft Show 5 is “We Need to Talk,” and organizers Jacob Aiello and Sunny Bleckinger will also be reading from their work. Suggested donation: $5.

Illustrators Emily Randazzo and Eriq Nelson will draw their favorite scenes from each story, and the results will be projected for everyone to enjoy after the readings.

Stevan will share a selection from A Simplified Map of the Real World, his linked short story collection forthcoming from Forest Avenue Press in September. Yuvi Zalkow and Kristen Forbes are also connected with Forest Avenue Press; Yuvi was interviewed in Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life, and Kristen contributed the title essay, “Brave on the Page.”

For more information see the Soft Show website.


YUVI ZALKOW is the author of A Brilliant Novel in the Works and is the creator of the “I’m a Failed Writer” online video series. YUVI has an MFA from Antioch and his stories have been featured in Glimmer Train, Narrative Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, Carve Magazine, and others. He is currently failing his way through another novel. For more information, check out

KRISTEN FORBES has been published or is forthcoming from Constellations: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction, The Rumpus, Bluestem Magazine, Front Porch Review, Brave On the Page: Oregon Writers On Craft & the Creative Life, Crack the Spine, Modern Love Rejects, Bartleby Snopes, Portland Tribune, and other publications. She holds a BFA in writing, literature and publishing from Emerson College and an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University. She writes at

MATTHEW CORUM has split the last ten years between two Portlands (first there, then here, there again, and back) all the while working as a builder, and writing when and what he can.

SUNNY BLECKINGER worked for five years as a journalist, editor and travel writer in Amsterdam, where he also hosted a weekly literary program on Radio DFM, and read English stories to live Dutch audiences in squats and poetry houses. He currently lives in Portland and is working on a novel.

STEVAN ALLRED lives in a house in the woods in rural Oregon, halfway between Fisher’s Mill and Viola. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Mississippi Review, RE:AL, and I Wanna Be Sedated: 30 Writers On Parenting Teenagers. His fiction can be found online at Carvezine, The Paumanok Review, and Pindeldyboz. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2007.

JACOB AIELLO is a writer and co-founder and curator of Soft Show, whose stories have previously been published in Portland Review, Wordstock, and forthcoming from Stealing Time magazine. He is now hard at work amassing a collection of short fiction consisting of far too many pronouns.


EMILY RANDAZZO was born with a pen in her hand, which her mother reminds her about regularly. She draws everything, most notably the Bat-A-Day series, in which she depicts Batman doing something she did that day, like playing with the cat or eating salad with her roommate.

ERIQ NELSON is a cartoonist and professional Monster Rights Advocate. He has been making comics for about eight months. You can find him on the internet at and at coffee shops near you. He is not bad at all.

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