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Liz Prato, Wendy Willis & Bonnie ZoBell: Short Stories & Poetry

07/24/2014 7:00 pm

Join us for this excellent trio of authors from independent publishing house Press 53.

Multnomah Village writer Liz Prato is thrilled to announce that her short story collection will be published by Press 53 in May 2015. Liz is the editor of the recently published The Night, and the Rain, and the River, a collection of short stories by Oregon authors. She's a 4-time Pushcart Nominee, winner of the Minnetonka Review Editor's Prize, runner-up for the 2007 Juked Fiction Prize, and winner of the 2005 Berkeley Fiction Review's Sudden Fiction Competition. Her stories and essays have been published in over 2 dozen magazines, literary journals and anthologies.

Wendy Willis’s first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was released by Press 53 on October 1, 2012. Willis splits her time between her roles as mother, poet, and advocate for democracy. Wendy was raised in Lane County, Oregon, in a family of tough and loving women, nearly all of whom could make a mean pie. Now, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, the poet David Biespiel, his son and her two daughters.

Bonnie ZoBell’s linked novella and story collection, What Happened Here, delivers a wildly different cast of characters living on the same block in North Park, San Diego, site of the PSA Flight 182 crash in 1978. The crash is history, but its legacy seeps in the stories of the neighborhood’s inhabitants, bringing grief, anxiety, and rebellion to the surface and eventually assists in burning clean the lives of those who live in the shadow of disaster. Amidst the pathos of contemporary life, humor flits through these stories like the macaws that have taken to the trees of North Park. The birds ensure that there’s never  a dull moment  in the neighborhood, and their outrageous colors and noisome squawks serve as constant reminds of regrowth.

What Happened Here (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781941209004
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Published: Press 53, 5/2014

ISBN-13: 9781935708643
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Published: Press 53, 10/2012

ISBN-13: 9780988265752
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Published: Forest Avenue Press, 4/2014

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