Writer, Editor, and Journalist Laura StanfillLaura 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.” An excerpt earned her a finalist designation in the Sustainable Arts Foundation’s fall 2014 grant program, out of more than 1,000 submissions.

Laura is the editor of 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. Here’s a caffeinated, forty-five minute podcast appearance on Late Night Conversation with Paul Martone, executive director of Late Night Library. Laura is a sought-after speaker on the subject of publishing, including recent appearances at 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.

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.

Superstar author Beth Kephart describes Laura as “an editor who deeply loves her authors and is committed to finding a broad audience.” 

And Forest Avenue Press author Stevan Allred says, “I didn’t get just an up-and-coming publisher when Laura Stanfill took on A Simplified Map of the Real World.  I got a gifted editor, a savvy marketer, an enthusiastic publicist, an energetic events coordinator, and a tireless advocate for my book.  We are still marketing the heck out of it 14 months after the launch.”