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Lost & Found: Finding Home

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm PST
1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

Stories real and imagined about finding your place in the world after immense loss. Zulema Renee Summerfield’s debut novel Every Other Weekend introduces Nenny, an eight-year-old girl whose anxieties magnify after her parents divorce when tragedy comes unexpectedly, and she sees the ways that families can both fracture and reform. Willy Vlautin’s new novel, Don’t Skip Out on Me, is the story of a young man’s search for belonging and an exploration of identity and loneliness in the American West. And poet Anis Mojgani explores what we do with grief and the many kinds of sorrow in surreal, vulnerable yet frank language in his collection In the Pockets of Small Gods. Moderated by Scott Hutchins, A Working Theory of Love.

Note: Terese Marie Mailhot was previously scheduled to appear in this panel, but unfortunately had to cancel her festival appearance.

Advance 2018 Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Zulema Renee Summerfield

Zulema Renee Summerfield is a writer, educator, and creative coach. Her first novel, Every Other Weekend, was published by Little, Brown in the spring of 2018. She is also the author of Everything Faces All Ways at Once, a book of flash fiction and dreams available from Fourteen Hills Press. Her short fiction has been published in a number of literary journals, including Guernicaand The Threepenny Review. A MacDowell colony fellow, Zulema lives in Portland, Oregon.

Visit her online at zulemasummerfield.net.

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Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin is the author of five novels: The Motel Life, which was made into a film starring Dakota Fanning, Emile Hersh, and Stephen Dorff; Northline, Lean on Pete, which won two Oregon Book awards and was made into an A24 film starring Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, and Charlie Plummer; The Free, which won the Oregon Book Awards Reader’s Choice Award; and Don’t Skip Out on Me, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and an ALA Notable Book. Vlautin lives outside of Portland, Oregon and is the founding member of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. His new book is The Night Always Comes.

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Scott Hutchins

Scott Hutchins is a former Truman Capote fellow in the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University. His work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, CatamaranArkansas International, The New York Times, San Francisco Magazine and Esquire, and has been set to improvisational jazz. He is the recipient of two major Hopwood awards and the Andrea Beauchamp prize in short fiction. In 2006 and 2010, he was an artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. His novel A Working Theory of Love was a San Francisco Chronicle and Salon Best Book of 2012 and has been translated into nine languages. He lives in San Francisco. Visit him online at scotthutchins.com.
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Anis Mojgani

Anis Mojgani is Oregon's current Poet Laureate and the author of five books of poetry. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in journals Bat City Review, Rattle, Buzzfeed Reader, Thrush, and Forklift Ohio, amongst others. A two time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, Anis has done commissioned work for the Getty Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Portland Timbers, and has been awarded artist residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, and the Bloedel Nature Reserve. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Portland, OR, where he serves on the Board of Directors for Literary Arts. His latest collection is In the Pockets of Small Gods.

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