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Past Readers

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer and Torah scholar. Her poetry book, Divinity School, was selected by C.D. Wright for the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize and published by American Poetry Review. Divinity School has been nominated for a 2017 Oregon Book Award. Alicia lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and their two small children.

Andrea Hollander moved to Portland, Oregon, in 2011, after many years in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, where she ran a bed & breakfast for 15 years and served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College for 22. Her 4th full-length poetry collection was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; her 1st won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Among her many other honors are two Pushcart Prizes and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her next book of poetry is forthcoming from Autumn House Press in September 2017. Andrea's website is

Coleman Stevenson is the author of two collections of poems, Breakfast (Reprobate/GobQ Books, 2015) and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609 (bedouin books, 2012). Her poems have appeared in a variety of publications such as Paper Darts, Seattle Review, Laurel Review, E-ratio, Osiris, Louisiana Literature, Mid-American Review, and the anthology Motionless from the Iron Bridge. She teaches at the IPRC in Portland, Oregon.

Jenny Forrester has been published in a number of print and online publications including Seattle’s City Arts Magazine, Gobshite Quarterly, Nailed Magazine, Hip Mama, The Literary Kitchen, Indiana Review, and Columbia Journal. Her work is included in the Listen to Your Mother anthology, published by Putnam. She curates the Unchaste Readers Series. Her debut memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky was released from Hawthorne Books in May 2017.

Kate Carroll de Gutes took her first political action at age 11, when she invited Greenpeace—without her teacher’s knowledge or consent—to talk to her class about clubbing baby seals to death for their pelts. She was home sick the day the man arrived unannounced to talk to her class, but she was led by the principal to understand that the presentation was effective, if gruesome. As a queer writer, Kate faces political issues every time she sits down to work. Her award-winning memoir in essays, Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, deals with gender identity and sexual orientation, and how to navigate in a world predicated on Cosmopolitan. You can learn more about Kate and order her second book, The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons From The Best & Worst Year of My Life at

Kristin Berger is the author of the poetry collection How Light Reaches Us (Aldrich Press, 2016), and a poetry chapbook, For the Willing (Finishing Line Press, 2008), and was co-editor of VoiceCatcher 6: Portland/Vancouver Area Women Writers and Artists (2011). Her long prose-poem, Changing Woman & Changing Man: A High Desert Myth, was a finalist for the 2016 Newfound Prose Prize. Kristin is co-host of a summer poetry series at the Lents International Farmer's Market in Portland, Oregon. 

Lara Messersmith-Glavin is an educator, writer, editor, and organizer based in Portland. Her works appears in various small journals and chapbooks. She co-edited Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency (AK Press: 2013) with Kristian Williams and Will Munger, and is on the editorial collective of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, the journal of the Institute for Anarchist Studies. Lara also performs as a Fisherpoet and is a member of the Guttery Writers.

Margaret Malone is the author of the story collection PEOPLE LIKE YOU from local press Atelier26, 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.

Natasha Sajé teaches at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program. She is the author of three books of poems, most recently Vivarium (Tupelo, 2014); a book of poetry criticism, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory (Michigan, 2014); and many essays.

Sage Cohen is the author of the nonfiction books Fierce on the Page, The Productive Writer, and Writing the Life Poetic all from Writer’s Digest Books and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World from Queen of Wands Press. She offers support for writers at 

Shayla Lawson is the author of A Speed Education in Human Being (Sawyer House Press, 2013), the chapbook Pantone (Miel Books, 2016), and the forthcoming I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean (Saturnalia Books, 2018). She has written for Salon, Guernica, & ESPN and is a 2017 MacDowell Fellow. She is also the recipient of a 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship.  

Stephanie Adams-Santos is the author of Swarm Queen’s Crown (finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award) and several chapbooks: Total Memory; Little Fugues and The Sundering (Winner of the New York Chapbook Fellowship). Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets, and she is the recipient of a 2016 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. Stephanie’s work has been featured for Poetry Press Week, and has appeared in many print and online journals and magazines, including Guernica, The Boston Review, Orion, and others.

Tammy Stoner doesn’t love you the way you are; she thinks you can always be better. Hopefully that is the kind of love you are looking for. Her first novel is coming out with Red Hen Press in 2018. 

Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards. Some of her poems and essays can be found at The Collagist, Vinyl Poetry, The Rumpus, The Huffington Post, xoJane, RHINO Poetry, Denver Quarterly, and The Mays Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge. She is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal and poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown.

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016), a 2016-2017 Steinbeck Fellow, former Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee. She’s received residencies from Hedgebrook and Ragdale Foundation and is a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop. Her work is published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and The James Franco Review among others. A short dramatization of her poem "Our Lady of the Water Gallons," directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño, can be viewed at She is a cofounder of Women Who Submit and the curator of HITCHED.