Laura Stanfill is a novelist, an editor, a journalist, and the founder and publisher of Forest Avenue Press, which received a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship. Her latest novel is a nineteenth-century epic romp, which has allowed her to use words like “comeuppance” and “strumpetocracy.”
Laura is the editor of Forest Avenue’s first title, Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life, which 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. She discusses her journey from writer to gatekeeper in this essay for Souvenir. And here’s a caffeinated, forty-five minute podcast appearance on Late Night Conversation with Paul Martone, executive director of Late Night Library.
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.