We’re thrilled to announce the official virtual reading to celebrate our 2020 authors. The reading will take place on Wednesday, April 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Below you can learn more about the talented prose and poetry writers who’ll be reading at the event.
Deborah Stehr is a published poet, narrative essay, and short story writer, as well as being a blogger and performer. She lives (once again) in the Portland Metro area. She has read her work at many open mics and venues in the Bay Area, California; Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Portland, Oregon. She also writes humor, has her own humor blog, and has been writing and performing stand-up comedy. Deborah is also a practicing Shamanic Scribe and Holy Fool, meaning that she writes stories, poems, and ceremonies that show the poignant and often hilarious interconnection between humans, earth, and spirit.
Carmel Breathnach is a freelance writer, born in Ireland and living in Portland, Oregon. She holds a BA degree in English literature and Irish language studies from NUI Maynooth and a diploma in Education from St. Patrick’s College, Dublin. Carmel writes regularly on the themes of bereavement, childhood grief, and mother loss. Her work has appeared in The Irish Times, Huffington Post, Upworthy, Scary Mommy, VoiceCatcher, and Modern Loss, as well as in the anthology Hidden Lights, published by Golden Dragonfly Press. Carmel is currently working on a memoir about early mother loss titled Briefly I Knew My Mother.
Elisa Carlsen grew up on the dirt roads of Humboldt County in the Big Empty. Against all odds, she went to college and landed a fancy job in environmental policy. After living and working in Portland for eleven years, she moved with her partner to an old farmhouse in Astoria. She is working on her first collection of poetry that has more to do about cormorants than she can explain here.
Jaymee Martin is a writer and educator in Oregon. She is currently working on a memoir about moving to the tiny, fictional-seeming country of Andorra. Visit her at jaymeemartin.com.
Shawn Aveningo-Sanders is the author of What She Was Wearing, an inspirational book of poetry/prose that reveals her #metoo secret—from survival to empowerment. Shawn’s poetry has appeared globally in over 150 literary journals and anthologies. She’s a Pushcart nominee, Best of the Net nominee, co-founder of The Poetry Box press, as well as managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon. Shawn is a proud mother of three and shares the creative life with her husband in Beaverton, Oregon.
Ulrikka Haveron is a writer of poems and short stories residing in Portland, Oregon, and originally from Texas. She was a performing acrobat and choreographer for ten years and is now focusing on writing. She is also a mother, lactation consultant, and teacher.
Birch Dwyer is a writer and workshop facilitator living in Portland, Oregon. She currently leads Poetic Medicine circles through Portland Women Writers and for Transition Projects. Her writing has been published in Clackamas Literary Review and Windfall. Birch makes her home with her husband and son and two dogs, one who likes to be rolled in a blanket like a burrito and the other who lies on the couch fully exposed, like an open-faced sandwich.
Paige Holland is a writer and poet from Portland, Oregon. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing in 2020 and currently lives with her partner and two cats.