Lidia Yuknavitch, Oregon Book Award Finalist and author of many books including The Chronology of Water and Dora: A Headcase and most recently, The Small Backs of Children. Published by Hawthorne Books
Emily Kendal Frey, Oregon Book Award Winner for Poetry, 2015
Milcah Halili Orbacedo
Leah Noble Davidson
Suzy Vitello Soulé
A Yell Adams
Jenny Drai’s newest book: http://www.blacklawrence.com/the-new-sorrow-is-less-than-the-old-sorrow/
Cari Luna, Oregon Book Award Winner
Mindy Nettifee, for poetry writing prompts, shows, and more inspiration than can be explained here
Tammy Lynne Stoner
Amy Temple Harper
Lindsey Allison Ruoff
Ariel Gore, author of many books, including How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead, by Three Rivers Press and Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2015 for The End of Eve, published by Hawthorne Press.
Lisa Galloway, Lambda Literary Fellow, 2014
Venus Thrash, Longlisted for the 2015 Pen Open Book Award
Namita Gupta Wiggers
Rhiannon Dexter Flowers
Sally K. Lehman
Sarah Polanksi Mura
ANNA MARCH’s has appeared in a wide variety of publications including The New York Times Modern Love Column, New York Magazine, Tin House, VQR, Hip Mama and Bustle. She writes regularly for Salon and The Rumpus
Minal Hajratwala is author of the award-winning epic Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents (2009), which was called “incomparable” by Alice Walker and “searingly honest” by the Washington Post, and editor of Out!
Ariel Gore is a LAMBDA and American Alternative Press Award-winning editor, the founder of Hip Mama, and the author of eight books. Her essays have appeared in Psychology Today, The Sun, The Nervous Breakdown, Ms., Utne, Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Rumpus.
Karla Corderohas been published in Word Riot, The Acentos Review, Toe Good Poetry and elsewhere. Cordero's first chapbook titled, Grasshoppers Before Gods, was just released by Dancing Girl Press.
Shannon Barber is an author from the Pacific Northwest. She is a genre and form surfing writer with a fondness for the complicated. See her work at The Establishment and the Big Click and elsewhere.
Helena Contrisciani Squier is an activist, academic, author, and instructor. Her areas of focus are Health Communication, Latinos and popular culture, Transnational Feminism, Queer Theory, and Fourth Wave (digital) Feminism.
Laura Lucas has work Line Zero, Imaginaire, Vapid Kitten, Falling Star Magazine, Beat the Dust, and the Poetic Pinup Revue, and is forthcoming in the Ghosts of Seattle Past anthology and Dead Housekeeping.
Kimberly Dark is a writer, professor and raconteur. In addition to contributing essays and poetry to a variety of publications, she helps audiences remember their power to create culture.
Jenny Yang is a Los Angeles-based writer and stand up comedian who produces the first-ever, mostly female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Dis/orient/ed Comedy, and The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival, a comedy festival showcasing the best in Asian American comedic talent.
Eve Connell is here to do a musical piece during the break. Please get a drink, donate to the jar/bag, and buy a book and let’s take a quick Unchaste photo with all the Unchaste, please. It’s a tradition.
Jackie Graves is an educator, language lover, and word warrior. Her work has appeared in African Voices, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, and she has performed onstage with the Guerrilla Jazz Collective, Mixed Writes, and Strong Current Dance Company.
V.kali (born Venela Flagg), is a los angeles based poet-vegan
Culinary artist-healing agent who dances, nurtures, and
Administers healing with words.
Los Angeles native, Pam Ward’s first novel, "WANT SOME GET SOME," Kensington, chronicles L.A. after the ’92 riots. Her second novel, "BAD GIRLS BURN SLOW," Kensington, is about a female serial killer working the 'funeral circuit'.
Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of the short story collection Sad Girls & Other Stories published by Solstice Literary Press. Her new collection Mary of the Chance Encounters is out this May 2016 on Nocturnicorn Press.
Naomi Jackson is the author of The Star Side of Bird Hill, and her many academic achievements include the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright scholarship. Her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad.
KMA Sullivan is the author of Necessary Fire, winner of the St Lawrence Book Award. Her poems and essays have appeared in Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, diode, and elsewhere. She is the Coeditor in Chief of Vinyl and the publisher at YesYes Books.
Rachel McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of two full-length books of poetry, Pink Elephant (Small Doggies Press) and Into the Dark & Emptying Field (Small Doggies Press), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, as well as the chapbook, Mammoth (Organic Weapon Arts.)
Kristi Wallace Knight was the founding Fiction Editor for Stealing Time Magazine. She is previously published in Stealing Time Magazine, Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life, IPSA 2003, and Far Enough East. She writes about women's and children's mental health. She is on Facebook at KWallaceKnightEditor and may someday post on Medium at KWallaceKnight. Kristi volunteered to go first so please welcome her with extra applause and all the love.
Noel Franklin is a Seattle-based poet and cartoonist. She is the founder of the Seattle Poetry Festival, served on Seattle's national Poetry Slam team and was selected by Rebecca Brown to participate in the inaugural Jack Straw Writer's Program. Please very warmly welcome Noel.
Joli St. Patrick is a queer poet, parent, demigirl and witch living in Portland, Oregon. Joli's life is revolves around seeking chosen family, healing from abuse and religious trauma, loving girls fervently, and unpacking her trans experience through writing and performance. In 2014 she self-published her first chapbook, Learning Curves, and her writing has been featured on The Body is Not an Apology website and in the anthology Poems for the Queer Revolution. Joli releases spoken word performance as Gently Press Poetry on Soundcloud and Youtube, and publishes zines via her websitegentlypress.com. Welcome…
Stacey Villalobos is a queer pocha originally from southern California who works and creates in Portland, Oregon. As a queer woman of color, a pocha (an Americanized Mexican) and a gemini, her self and way of life have always been doubted by those around her. Villalobos' fluidity frightens, her 3rd tongue(spanglish) makes her less 'authentic', and she has been defined as an antagonist due to her cultural upbringing. Her work is a celebration of the various movements she inhabits daily. Villalobos is content with the spaces she encounters and feels that she should not be pulled to those 'either/or' situations because there are wonders beyond that. In 2013 she formed Pochas Radicales, a queer Latina art collective that works towards community engagement through art & activism.
Jenna Marie Fletcher is a writer, talker, and chronic dabbler living in Portland, Oregon. She's mostly interested in one-hit wonders (and how to make them), vaguely romantic experiences, and learning how to sharpen her words into knives worth carrying. She is learning how to take up space. You can find her hiding in various corners of the world wide web and also athttp://tinyletter.com/thisisyrs where she dispatches things into yr inbox once (or twice) a month. Welcome…
Maria Teutsch’s (Toy-ch’s) collection, The Revolution Will Have its Sky, won the 2015 Minerva Rising chapbook competition, judge: Heather McHugh. She is a poet and editor. She has published over 20 journals of poetry as editor-in-chief of the Homestead Review, published by Hartnell College in Salinas, and Ping-Pong journal of art and literature, published by the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California. She teaches poetry and creative writing online. She serves as president of the board of the Henry Miller Memorial Library, and is the founder and EIC of Ping-Pong Free Press.www.marialoveswords.com. Welcome…
Rowan Beckett Grigsby is the less-censored less-palatable alter ego of a local attorney who might want to work in this town again someday. Professional editor and graphic designer by day and professional knitter by night, she has been published in Dead Housekeeping and is a regular contributor to Ask a Raging Feminist. Welcome…
Gigi Rosenberg’s writing has been published by Psychology Today, Seal Press and Poets & Writers. She's been a guest commentator on Oregon Public Radio and performed at Seattle's On The Boards. She's Editor of Professional Artist magazine and a board member at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Her reading tonight is excerpted from My Secret Father: a memoir. For the latest, visit gigirosenberg.com. Welcome…
Portland native Claire Willett is a proud company member of the Oregon writers’ collective Playwrights West and a founding artist of the Fertile Ground Festival of New Work. She was a finalist for the 2015 Jerome Fellowship at The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, has received grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and Regional Arts & Culture Council, and was the 2011 Oregon Literary Fellow for Drama. In addition to Dear Galileo, which recently received its world premiere in Portland, produced by Playwrights West and CoHo Productions. Her first novel, The Rewind Files, a sci-fi time travel adventure about Watergate, was released in September 2015 by Retrofit Publishing in Los Angeles. Welcome…
Margaret Malone is the author of the story collection PEOPLE LIKE YOU, selected as one of the best books of 2015 by The Oregonian, Powell's, The Quivering Pen and the Portland Mercury. Her stories and essays can be found in The Missouri Review, Oregon Humanities, Swink, Propeller Quarterly and elsewhere. She lives with her husband, filmmaker Brian Padian, and their two children in Portland, Oregon where she is a co-host of the artist and literary gathering SHARE. Welcome a recent finalist for the PEN/Falkner Award…
As proud native Portlander, creative enthusiast and dream weaver, Mari Shepard-Glenn seeks to mix their personal experiences with the voices and tones of the Pacific NW, while still echoing sentiments held around the world. Besides language, they have a strong love of coffee, travel, antiques and the ocean. As a Sophomore reader at Unchaste, Mari is excited to bring new material to the table. They are currently working on a collection of published poems. You can find their poetry online atallseasonshalo.wordpress.com
Melanie Fey is a Diné (Navajo) writer, zinester and Indigenous feminist. She was spawned in the rez town Tuba City, AZ but currently resides in Portland, OR where she works as a public library minion. She puts her degree in Creative Writing from Arizona State University to use by co-editing the Native American feminist zines Empower Yoself Before You Wreck Yoself, The Nizhóní Beat and Shik’is ShiHeart. Her work seeks to explore Indigenous diaspora, celebrate the LGBTQ/two spirit community and question the sometimes conflicting dichotomy of being mixed race. Look for some of her other published works in Red Rising Magazine and As/Us: A Space for Women of the World.
Jenna Marie Fletcher is salt and fat. Among other things, she writes a monthly newsletter about the intersections of race, chronic illness, and feelings, co-organizes a resource and community group for Creatives of Color in Portland, and writes about music for the Portland Mercury. Her poetry, essays and rants can be found all over the internet and in print; many different places all with the same aim -- to take up and hold space. To keep trying. She'll see you out there.
Galadriel Mozee is a black, queer, poet, story teller and artist. They enjoy growing lush, wild gardens and keeping all your secrets. Currently, Galadriel lives, works, and creates in Portland Or. their writing has been featured in Alembic Literary Journal, Curve magazine, Kalyani Magazine and the Portland based zine "Women of Color: How to Live in the City of Roses and Avoid the Pricks". they write at mypronounisjockey.wordpress.com
Rios de la Luz is a xicana/chapina living in Oregon. She is brown and proud. She is always working on decolonizing her mind and being louder. She is in love with her bruja/activist communities in LA, San Antonio and El Paso. Her short story collection, "The Pulse Between Dimensions and The Desert" is out now via Ladybox Books. Her work has been featured in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Entropy, The Fem Lit Magazine, World Literature Today and St. Sucia.
Kiki Nicole is an agender Black femme poet from Baltimore, Maryland. Their work has been featured on sites such as Voicemail Poems, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Words Dance, and Bitchtopia, as well as anthologies such as Poems for the Queer Revolution and After Ferguson, In Solidarity from Mourning Glory Press. They curate a blog at kikinicolepoetry.tumblr.com.
Samantha is a writer, scholar, agitator. A recent Portland State University alum, she holds a BA in Liberal Studies with a double minor in Black Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As a freelance writer, Samantha generates blog posts and press releases, ghostwrites articles, and provides other communications management for local and national clients. You can find her work on Black Girl Dangerous, For Harriet, in PQ Monthly, and in the anthology, Lightspeed: People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction!. Samantha drinks copious amounts of tea to get through the days, and consumes a fair amount of sci-fi to get through the nights. Find her online at samanthaleeonna.com.
Los Angeles native, Pam Ward’s first novel, "WANT SOME GET SOME," Kensington, chronicles L.A. after the ’92 riots. Her second novel, "BAD GIRLS BURN SLOW," Kensington, is about a female serial killer working the 'funeral circuit'. A UCLA graduate and "California Arts Council Fellow," Pam operates a design studio, mentors at ART CENTER COLLEGE and produced "My Life, LA: The Los Angeles Legacy Project" documenting the impact of black Angelenos on the land. Recently, she wrote/produced the poetic theater piece, "I Didn't Survive Slavery for This!" Pam is currently compiling her poetry manuscript while working on her 1940s novel about her aunt, a real Black Dahlia suspect. www.pamwardwriter.com
Imani Sims is a stilleto loving, chai tea guzzling Seattle native who spun her first performance poem at the age of fourteen. Since then, she has developed an infinitely rippling love for poetry in all of its forms. She believes in the healing power of words and the transformational nuance of the human story. Imani works to empower youth and adults through various writing courses and interdisciplinary shows all over Washington. She is a 2016 Kore Biters curator and Gay City Arts Fellow. Her book (A)live Heart is forthcoming on Sibling Rivalry Press this Fall.
Leigh Anne Kranz is a Portland writer, by way of the Bay Area, born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her short story, Orca Culture, appears in the new anthology, City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales, published by local, woman-powered, Forest Avenue Press, edited by Unchaste reader, Gigi Little.
Temple Lentz is a reader, writer and rabble rouser who lives and works in Vancouver Washington and plays wherever she can. She's been doing a lot of writing for other people lately, so was pleased to have the opportunity to make something just for her. And you.
Golda Dwass recently turned 65 after working as a midwife for over thirty years until her job disappeared in the economic downturn. She then became disabled due to numerous health problems. Dwass started taking writing classes-which were a help with the depression that followed losing her job. After writing stories about her mother’s battle with alzheimer’s she got into writing about aging and sexuality. She's been published inUnshod Quills, Perceptions and The People’s Apocalypse but is currently in a writing slump with a stack of rejections on her desk.
Megan Saint-Marie is a poet currently living in Portland, Oregon.
She grew up the Northwest, and has returned from 15 months living in the heart of Mexico. Her recent work is inspired by experiences there, being a mother, artist, and courage lover. Her recent work can be found in “The Art of Being Human, Who Am I” an International Anthology, volume 15, 2015
Carol Fischbach is a writer who believes passionately in coming of age, no matter how long it takes. With a BA in Communications, she began nursing school at age sixty-two and graduated with her BSN at age sixty-five. She took a one year break before beginning her MFA in creative non-fiction. She has been published in Nailed Magazine, Oregon East, Tide Pools Literary Arts Magazine, and the Port Townsend Leader.
Dia Blake is not a fan of pictures of herself. She is a work in progress. She chose in February of this year to rewrite her future, and has been changing and growing since that fateful day. A recent transplant back home to Portland from Nevada, she is a recovering aircraft mechanic, ex-wife and devoted mother. She is humbled by the forces of Lidia Yuknavitch, Ariel Gore and Jenny Forrester, who have taught her how to best bring her voice forth in various workshops. She is filled with determination to find her true self-worth while shedding years of feeling slightly stepford, off-course and unseen. This is her time.
Code by day, prose by night, Snigdha Roy tackles issues of feminism, gender roles, and minority / race in any medium, be it rap, essay, personal narrative, poetry, or fantasy and science fiction. She won first place at Carnegie Mellon’s Adamson’s Awards for her essay, Arranged Marriage: A Borderland’s Perspective. She also won an Honorable Mention for humorous travel article Dhaka in Transit, and has published several poems. She is currently (lonely) married to her master’s program (the beloved Goddard College MFA), and is excited to publish an article on Medium: How to Get Into a Writing MFA Program, with special tips for minorities.
Ally Harris is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Her Twin Was After Me (Slim Princess Holdings) and floor baby (dancing girl press), as well as poems in The Volta, Sink Review, Denver Quarterly, BOAAT Press, Entropy Magazine, and Bennington Review. She was a finalist for BOMBLOG’s Annual Poetry Contest, judged by Ben Lerner in 2012 and is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
Ramiza Koya has a BA and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has lived and taught in Spain, the Czech Republic, and Morocco. She has published both fiction and nonfiction in publications such as Lumina, Washington Square Review, and Catamaran, and has just finished a novel, The Royal Abduls, about the affects of 9/11 on an Indian-American family. She has been a fellow at both MacDowell Colony and Blue Mountain Center. Currently, she is an instructor in composition and creative writing at Portland Community College as well as a program specialist for Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools program.
Kate Ristau is an author and folklorist who writes young adult and middle grade fiction. In her ideal world, magic and myth combine to create memorable stories with unforgettable characters. Until she finds that world, she'll live in a house in Oregon where she found a sword behind the water heater and fairies in the backyard.
Alex Behr is a writer, teacher, bass player, and mom. She's loved her WITS creative writing residencies at Portland high schools as she’s watched her students explore and thrive. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in many publications, including Bitch, Propeller, Nailed, Salon, The Rumpus, Watershed Review, VoiceCatcher, The Manifest-Station, and Tin House. Her debut short story collection will be published in 2017 (L Books). She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State and a certificate in eLearning design and development.
Acacia is a writer from Portland, OR, which suits her because sunshine gives her anxiety. She is currently completing an MFA, despite being recently told by Tom Spanbauer that to become a better writer, she needs to "unlearn all that grad school stuff." She listened, and it seems to be working. Acacia is working on a collection of personal essays that she really doesn't want to admit might be a memoir, and a memoir that she really doesn't want to admit might be a novel.
Jen Violi is the author of Putting Makeup on Dead People, a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book, and finalist for the Oregon Book Awards. As a mentor, editor, and facilitator, Jen helps writers unleash the stories they’re meant to tell, from blogs to websites to award-winning books. Find sanctuary for your story at www.jenvioli.com.
Tracy Burkholder likes to be in a perpetual state of personal challenge. For the last year that challenge has played out on her blog, Not Until Now, in which she wrote a short essay each week about something new she’d never done before. For the remaining months of the year, her personal challenge is to complete her lyrical memoir, I Want More. Her non-fiction has appeared most recently in The Manifest-Station, Nailed, Vinyl and the Cincinnati Review.
Jen Glantz is the brains behind the business, Bridesmaid for Hire, the heart behind the blog, The Things I Learned From, and the main character inside of the Amazon-best selling book, All My Friends are Engaged. Her new book, Always a Bridesmaid for Hire, published by Simon and Schuster, is available now. Jen's work can be read in Refinery29, Women's Health Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and other places that women turn for stories and advice.
MARY MANDEVILLE lives in Portland with her partner, son, and two rescued pitbulls. Her essays have appeared in Brain Child, Hip Mama, Nailed! and others. Her essay, ‘Giant Sequoia’ won Fugue Literary Journal’s 2016 annual prose contest. Two of her essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Mary is working on a book length memoir about living with and loving the son who killed himself. Good thing she didn’t know at the outset how hard it would be. Now, she’s doing it anyway.
Haili Jones Graff is a writer, editor, and performer living in Portland, Oregon. She works primarily in the genres of poetry and creative nonfiction, and her writing has appeared in Bitch, The Notebook: A Progressive Journal for Women & Girls with Rural and Small-Town Roots, The Tishman Review, and online at LunaLuna, The Manifest-Station, and Hip Mama. She also performs with Mortified and facilitates writing workshops through Write Around Portland.
Ashley Brittner Wells is a local writer, painter, and cackler. She organizes and hosts Get Nervous, a reading and performance series about anxiety and depression. Her work centers on those themes as well as feminism, gender, being queer, and worrying about feminism, gender, and being queer. Her work has been featured in Bitch Magazine, OutWords, Nailed Magazine, and on various independent radio stations. She is the Associate Producer and House Manager for Back Fence PDX and the Communications Director for Beefcake Swimwear, a local gender-neutral swimwear company. Everything she does has been influenced by Stevie, Corin, and Pat. Give her a shout (or a whisper) at getnervouspdx.com.
Angela Braxton-Johnson was born in Alexandria, Virginia and have lived in Oregon for most of my life. I graduated from Jefferson High School of the Performing Arts (which was a school like the movie 'Fame') and attended Howard University and studied music therapy with the flute as my principal instrument. My mother taught me how to read and gave me an appreciation for books and poetry. I've been married for thirty years, have three adult children, two grands and two dogs. After working with children for years at Portland Public Schools and as a child care provider, I am now pursuing being an author. I teach water aerobics part-time and love to knit, read, listen to books on tape, write, watch movies and hang with my family.
Ami Ramesh Patel is a queer brown poet. She’s written by herself, with VONA, APIA spoken worders, theater artists, queer youth, and online workshops. She’s new to Portland and excited to build creative community here. Her online handle is @amiagogo.
Kate Carroll de Gutes is the author of Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. You can learn more about Kate and signup for her critically acclaimed blog, “The Authenticity Experiment,” by texting the word "authentic" to 66-866.