On the Radio with Sheila Hamilton

Last Sunday, a 30-minute interview aired on 101.9 KINK.fm with radio personality Sheila Hamilton asking Stevan Allred about his debut, A Simplified Map of the Real World. They discussed the origins of Renata, the linked short story collection form, Stevan’s characters, Tom Spanbauer’s influence as a teacher, and much more. The interview is now available online. […]

Stevan Allred’s Debut at Powell’s

What a night. We had an overflow crowd estimated at 180 by a Powell’s staffer, and we sold out of books, during the launch of A Simplified Map of the Real World, Stevan Allred’s debut. Thanks to everyone who attended, to everyone who has been spreading the word about this luminous linked short story collection, and […]


Thanks to Willamette Week and Penelope Bass, who said this about A Simplified Map of the Real World while promoting Stevan Allred’s Thursday night debut at Powell’s: “In his debut collection of short stories, local writer and zine editor Stevan Allred draws on his own encounters as he weaves together 15 tales from the lives of former […]

Reading and Writing Cafe Review

A review at the Reading and Writing Cafe calls Stevan Allred’s debut “an artfully crafted tale of human nature.” “Readers are treated to revenge-seekers, thrill-seekers, and attention-seekers,” writes reviewer Edee Lemonier. “There are secrets: the small town, gossip-worthy kind and the kind that can eat a person alive from the inside, along with the judgement […]

ForeWord Reviews

Stevan Allred’s A Simplified Map of the Real World received a rave review in the fall 2013 edition of ForeWord Reviews, on shelves now. See the full review of A Simplified Map at the ForeWord site.  Reviewer Kristine Morris wrote: “Beautifully crafted and marked by incisive wit, Allred’s fifteen interlinked short stories reveal the rich, dark tangle of events and emotions that lie […]