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Come celebrate Portland YA Pride at Literary Arts! Four local authors will read selections from their work followed by a panel discussion and Q & A.
Sara Ryan is the author of the graphic novel Bad Houses with art by Carla Speed McNeil, young adult novels The Rules for Hearts and Empress of the World, and various comics, short stories, and essays. She is a faculty member in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Aiden Thomas is a YA author with an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, OR. Aiden’s special talents include: quoting The Office, Harry Potter trivia, Jenga, finishing sentences with “is my FAVORITE”, and killing spiders. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color. Their debut novel, “Cemetery Boys”, is a paranormal romance set during Dia de Muertos that features a gay, trans boy named Yadriel who is trying to find his place in a community of brujos.
Michelle Ruiz Keil is a novelist and playwright with an eye for the enchanted and a way with animals. She teaches writing with an emphasis on fairytale and divination and curates All Kinds of Fur, a Fairytale Reading Series and Salon in Portland, OR. Her short fiction can be found on Cosmonauts Avenue and in the forthcoming anthology Color Outside The Lines. Her debut novel, All Of Us With Wings is a coming of age story set in postpunk San Francisco about a seventeen year old Latinx governess, her tween genius charge, the girl’s rockstar family, a pair of ancient avenging children and a Siamese bookstore cat. The release date is June 18th with a launch event at Powell’s Cedar Hills at 7PM. Michelle’s pronouns are she/her.
Jewels uses “she/her” pronouns and has called the Pacific Northwest home since 2005, following a long soul search and a short 3-day bus ride from Atlanta, Georgia. Born in New York, she grew up thinking she could save the world through Social Work, then decided the world was better saved through food, music and words. She wants to tell the stories of those who have been silenced or shut out from dominant or popular culture. Performing her work in and around the Portland metro area, yes, is actively submitting stories for publication!