Alex Behr, Gigi Little, and Brad Rosen
We have hit the trifecta with a three-way reading by local authors Alex Behr, Gigi Little, and Bradley K. Rosen, with stories spanning the West Coast from LA, through San Francisco, to Portland. Behr will be reading from her newly published collection of stories, Planet Grim, published by 7.13 Books. The twenty-eight stories in this collection present a vivid, unsettling portrait of the gritty fringes of San Francisco and Portland, where complicated characters long for connection just out of reach. Portland author Mary Rechnor says that in these "funny, poignant stories the kids are sharp, fearless, and insatiable, the parents conflicted, lustful, and tough. The meaning of family and love is an epic game nobody can win or stop playing" and Tom Bissell says her imagination is "wild, rigorous, and totally unique." In the vein of "the knee bone connected to the thigh bone," Gigi Little, another of our readers tonight, designed the cover for Behr's book. Little is the editor of the Forest Avenue Press anthology City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales (for which she also designed the cover). Portland author Monica Drake says of this anthology "With work ranging from myths to folklore, science fiction and a surprising dark comedy of eco-feminist post-Fukushima revenge, Gigi Little has collected together a brilliant showcase of literary talent working in the Pacific Northwest." The book is a literary Twilight Zone, set in Portland. To continue the connectedness of the evening, our third author, Bradley K. Rosen, was one of the contributors featured in City of Weird. Tonight he's here to read from his debut novel Bunkie Spills. a novel about two momentous days in the life of a tribe of suburban LA teenagers set in 1976. Tom Spanbauer says "Bradley K. Rosen’s writing is a blast of voice, hilarious as the Keystone Cops but with a darkness....Brad’s deep sense of humanity is sure to make you weep.”
Alex Behr is a writer and musician who teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at Portland high schools through the Writers in the Schools program. She received an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University. Her writing has appeared in Oregon Humanities, Portland Review, Propeller, and other print and online publications. Gigi Little's essays and short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies including Portland Noir, Spent, and The Pacific Northwest Reader.. She's also a freelance book cover designer and the staff designer for Forest Avenue Press. She works for Powell's Books and lives with her husband, fine artist Stephen O'Donnell, Bradley K. Rosen spent the better part of his adult life as a rock and roll musician touring the United States. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Oregon and spent several years under the teaching wand of Tom Spanbauer. His work has appeared in the Frozen Moment, the Portland Review, Nailed Magazine, and other publications. He enjoys performing classical music with various amateur orchestras in the Portland area where he currently lives with his dog, the Yay Yay.