Laura Stanfill is a novelist, an editor, a journalist, an author advocate, and the founder and publisher of Forest Avenue Press, winner of an Oregon Literary Fellowship.
Laura serves on the board of directors of PubWest, the advisory board of Atelier26 Books, and is an active member of Women in Portland Publishing and Cascadia Publishers. She is a community builder and a sought-after speaker on the subject of publishing. Recent appearances have included Willamette Writers, 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. She organizes semi-regular Portland-area networking opportunities for publishers, writers, and book-related media.
The Serinette, Laura’s 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.
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.