“Simplified” Authors at Annie Bloom’s Wednesday

PORTLAND – Ten years ago, at Portland State’s Haystack Summer Sessions writing program, three local authors challenged each other to use a “simplified” Rand McNally classroom world map in their fiction. Now, in honor of the publication of Kate Gray’s Carry the Sky, which features a simplified map chapter, all three will be reading from the resulting works–Gray, Stevan Allred, author of A Simplified Map of the Real World, and Joanna Rose, whose novel-in-progress is Not So Simple, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy.

Gray’s debut novel, Carry the Sky (Forest Avenue Press), was named one of 11 must-read, high-school-set books by Bustle magazine. After more than 20 years of teaching at a community college in Oregon, Kate tends her students’ stories. Her first full-length book of poems, Another Sunset We Survive (2007) was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and followed chapbooks, Bone-Knowing (2006), winner of the Gertrude Press Poetry Prize, and Where She Goes (2000), winner of the Blue Light Chapbook Prize. Over the years she’s been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook, Norcroft, and Soapstone, and a fellowship from Oregon Literary Arts.

Allred’s debut linked short story collection, A Simplified Map of the Real World (Forest Avenue Press), was named a Powell’s staff Top 5s pick for 2013 and is being featured this fall as a Multnomah County Library PageTurners book club pick. Allred is the editor of Dixon Ticonderoga, a zine that explores the intimate relationship between divorce and pencils. He teaches writing at The Pinewood Table and has been widely published in literary magazines.

Rose is the author of the acclaimed novel, Little Miss Strange, and she contributed the title story to Forest Avenue Press’ recent anthology, The Night, and the Rain, and the River. She has published poems, stories, essays, reviews, 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.

A podcast featuring the three authors will debut on Late Night Library on Nov. 20.

Forest Avenue Press, founded in Portland in 2012, received a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship, which helped fund the publication of Carry the Sky and The Night, and the Rain, and the River.


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