Laura Stanfill is a novelist, an editor, a journalist, and the founder and publisher of Forest Avenue Press, winner of an Oregon Literary Fellowship.
The Serinette, her latest novel, is a nineteenth-century epic romp that has allowed her to use words like “comeuppance” and “strumpetocracy.” Excerpts earned her a finalist designation in the Sustainable Arts Foundation’s fall 2014 grant program, out of more than 1,000 submissions, and a finalist designation in the Montana Book Festival Emerging Writers Contest in 2016.
Laura serves on the board of directors of PubWest and is a community builder and a sought-after speaker on the subject of publishing. Recent appearances have included the University of Oregon, Pacific University, Willamette University, the Oregon Writers Colony, the Manzanita Writers’ Series, Corban University, and Clackamas Community College’s Compose conference. Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life, a collection she edited, spent four months on the Powell’s Small Press Bestseller List and was named the best book of 2012 by the Powell’s On Oregon Blog.
As a community newspaper editor, Laura earned numerous statewide awards for writing and editorial work, including the Consumer Issues Reporting Award from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association for a series on contractor fraud. Her background includes stints in public relations and writing for regional magazines and newspapers in Virginia, New York, and Oregon. Her most unusual achievement—having little fondness for math—is a 296-page school district budget, which received the Association of School Business Offices’ Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in preparation.
In addition to her work with PubWest, Laura serves on the advisory board of Atelier26, and organizes semi-regular networking opportunities for Portland publishers, including meet-and-greets with local media.