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Intersections: Chris Stuck & Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.

Sat, November 13 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST
1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

These exciting new story collections tackle race and place and America with honesty and humor.

The nine tales in Chris Stuck’s Give My Love to the Savages illuminate the multifaceted Black experience, exploring the thorny intersections of race, identity, and Black life through an extraordinary cast of characters. From the absurd to the starkly realistic, these stories take aim at the ironies and contradictions of the American racial experience. Setting these stories across America, from Los Angeles, Phoenix and the Pacific Northwest, to New York and Washington, DC, to the suburbs and small Midwestern towns, Stuck uses place to expose the absurdity of race and the odd ways that Black people and white people converge and retreat, rub against and bump into one another.

Chicago: home to urban Indians and immigrants and working folks and the whole gamut of people getting by in a world that doesn’t care whether they do so or not. Sacred City is an incomparable follow-up to Theodore C. Van Alst’s award-winning debut collection, Sacred Smokes. Our young narrator now heads deeper into the heart of the city and himself, accompanied by ancestors and spirits who help him and the reader see that Chicago was, is, and always will be Indian Country. Part love song and part lament, Sacred City explores what options are available to an intelligent, smart-assed young man who was born poor and grew up in a gang. Van Alst’s skillful storytelling takes us on a journey where Chicago will never seem the same.
Moderated by Margaret Malone, author of People Like You

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Chris Stuck

Chris Stuck is the author of Give My Love to the Savages: Stories. He earned an MFA from George Mason University and has been a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, and the Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. He is a Pushcart Prize winner, and his work has been published in American Literary Review, Bennington Review, Cagibi, Callaloo, Meridian, Natural Bridge, and StoryQuarterly. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr.

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr.'s Sacred City will be published Fall 2021 by the University of New Mexico Press. This latest book is a follow up to his mosaic novel about sort of growing up in Chicago, Sacred Smokes, winner of the 2019 Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing, which is now in its second printing. UNM Press also released his edited volume The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones in 2015. He is a professor and chair of the Indigenous Nations Studies Department at Portland State University, the Creative Editor for Transmotion (a journal of postmodern indigenous studies), and an Active Horror Writers Association member. His fiction and photography have been published in The Massachusetts Review, The Raven Chronicles, Red Earth Review, The Journal of Working-Class Studies, Southwest Review, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Apex Magazine, and Yellow Medicine Review, among others.

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Margaret Malone

Margaret Malone is the author of the story collection People Like You, which was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Hemingway Award, winner of the 2016 Balcones Fiction Prize, and selected as a best book of 2015 by Powell’s Books, The OregonianThe Portland Mercury, and elsewhere. She is an Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient and a co-host of the artist and literary gathering SHARE.

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