Laura Stanfill is a novelist, an award-winning journalist, and the publisher of Forest Avenue Press. Publishers Weekly designated her as a 2017 Star Watch honoree, and she founded the Main Street Writers Movement. Laurie Fox of the Linda Chester Literary Agency represents her work.
Laura serves on the PubWest Board of Directors, the Atelier26 Books advisory board, and is an active member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, the Independent Book Publishers Association, Cascadia Publishers, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and Women in Portland Publishing. She is a community builder and a sought-after speaker. Recent appearances have included Willamette Writers, the League of Extraordinary Writers, Portland State’s publishing master’s program, the University of Oregon, Pacific University’s MFA program, Willamette University, the Oregon Writers Colony, the Manzanita Writers’ Series, and Corban University. She organizes semi-regular Portland-area networking opportunities for publishers, writers, and book-related media.
THE BRIGHT SIDE, Laura’s ten-years-in-the-making novel, is a nineteenth-century epic romp that has allowed her to use words like “comeuppance” and “strumpetocracy.” Excerpts earned her finalist designations in the 2016 Montana Book Festival Emerging Writers Contest and the 2014 Sustainable Arts Foundation’s grant program.
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.
She’s most likely to be spotted at a book event wearing a petticoat, hugging writers, and taking everyone’s picture.