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Pop-up: Stacy Brewster

Sat, Nov 13, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm PST

STACY BREWSTER pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his debut story collection, What We Pick Up.

Brewster is paired with the artwork William Jamison by Patrick Abbey; found in the Northwest Art, on the 3rd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


About What We Pick Up: What We Pick Up is the gripping debut story collection from Portland author and screenwriter Stacy Brewster, recipient of the 2019 Literary Arts Fellowship in Drama. In these eleven, tightly-wound stories, Brewster turns clichés of boyhood and manhood on their heads, revealing the trappings and failures of American masculinity when viewed from any angle, especially a queer one.

A brash, young man recounts the life he shared with an older lover in rural, 1930s Oregon… queer teenagers navigate a family vacation on a remote lake… a gay retiree tries to outrun an apocalyptic sandstorm… and an aging alcoholic is transfixed by the return of a long-lost sibling, now trans. In the title story-connected to two others in the collection-a sound recordist who survived a violent car crash as a boy and a suicide attempt as a teenager, must find his place in the world between his love of film and the perils of Hollywood exploitation.

With sharp observation, cinematic detail, and wit, Stacy Brewster’s What We Pick Up is intensely satisfying, with stories that span vastly different decades and landscapes. Brewster’s stories of fathers, sons, brothers, and lovers-gay, bi, trans, queer-all manage to mix dark humor, earnest pathos, and a quiet reserve of hope to re-vision a different path forward for all of us.


Purchase What We Pick UP from BUCKMAN PUBLISHING (who can be found in the exhibitor fair at the Portland Art Museum on Saturday, November 13), or from an indie bookstore: ANNIE BLOOM’S BOOKS | Broadway Books | POWELL’S BOOKS

Stacy Brewster

Stacy Brewster is a fiction writer, poet, and screenwriter. Born in Los Angeles and raised both there and in the San Francisco Bay Area, he studied filmmaking in New York and has since worked in television, independent film, advertising, publishing, politics, and public service. His fiction and poetry have appeared in New SouthThe Madison ReviewGertrudePlenitude, and The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, among numerous others. He was awarded the 2019 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Drama for his teleplay Gargoyles & Dandelions, an as-yet-unproduced one-hour queer noir series set in Los Angeles in the late 1940s. He works as a copy editor in Portland, Oregon, and lives there with his partner (now husband) of nearly two decades, Jonathan, and their dog Lucinda.  What We Pick Up is his first book.
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