AWP Offsite Event: Magnify Small Presses

We love being a part of the Magnify newsletter and so are super excited to host their AWP offsite event, Magnify: Small Presses Get BIG at Another Read Through. Wind down after AWP with
Melissa Duclos, Chelsea Biondolillo, Leland Cheuk, Leah Dieterich, and Sandra de Helen reading from their new and forthcoming small press books!

AWP Offsite Event: Small Presses Get BIG

Join us for reading, drinks, and conversation with small press authors Chelsea Biondolillo, Leland Cheuk, Leah Dieterich, Sanda de Helen, and Melissa Duclos. Brought to AWP by “Magnify: Small Presses, Bigger,” a monthly newsletter that celebrates small press books and the independent bookstores that sell them.

Chelsea Biondolillo is the author of The Skinned Bird, forthcoming from KERNPUNKT Press, and two prose chapbooks, Ologies and #Lovesong from Etchings Press. Her work has been collected in Best American Science and Nature 2016 and has been published widely online and in print. She is a Portland native with an MFA in English and Environmental studies from the University of Wyoming.

A MacDowell Colony and Hawthornden Castle Fellow, Leland Cheuk is the author of the story collection LETTERS FROM DINOSAURS (2016) and the novel THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG (2015), which was also published in translation in China (2018). His newest novel NO GOOD VERY BAD ASIAN is forthcoming from C&R Press in Fall 2019. He’s the founder of 7.13 Books and lives in Brooklyn.

Sandra de Helen’s essays and poetry appear in Artemis Journal, Dramatist, ROAR, The Medical Journal of Australia, The Dandelion Review, Lavender Review, Sweatpants & Coffee, Mom Egg, and other journals. Her full-length poetry collection Desire Returns for a Visit was published by Launch Point Press November 2018. She lives in California.

Leah Dieterich is the author of the memoir Vanishing Twins: A Marriage (Softskull, 2018). Her essays and short fiction have been published by Lenny Letter, LitHub, Buzzfeed, Bomb magazine, and more. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter.

Melissa Duclos is the author of the novel Besotted (7.13 Books, 2019). Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, and Bustle, among other venues. She is the founder of Magnify: Small Presses, Bigger, a monthly newsletter celebrating small press books. She has an MFA from Columbia University and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Author Sandra de Helen

Sandra de Helen has just re-released her thriller, Till Darkness Comes, and in celebration, she’ll be reading a bit from it and also giving us a teaser of her other work, The Hounding, and The Illustrious Client. Maybe she’ll even read from her work in progress, The Valley of Fear.

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Book Launch with Sandra de Helen

Sandra de Helen, now living in San Diego, is back in Portland to launch her newest book, Till Darkness Comes. This thriller features a killer who is wreaking revenge on behalf of those who aren’t able to do it for themselves.

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Mystery Book Group – Jan

Our first book of the new year will harken back to last January, when we started this group. We started with The Hound of the Baskervilles, and this month we’re reading The Hounding, by (until recently local) author Sandra de Helen. We’ll video-chat in with Sandra for the last hour of the group to be able to ask her questions and discuss the book. (We meet the third Tues of every month to talk about mystery/thrillers.)


Local Author Sandra de Helen

Local author (of plays, poetry, and novels) Sandra de Helen will be focusing on her mystery series for us tonight. She’ll give us a reading, answer some questions if you have them, and stay for a signing. Sandra’s series features sleuth Shirley Combs, referring back to Sherlock Holmes; fun for lovers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

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