On the writing front, my essay "Shopping with Clowns" will be included in the forthcoming Seal Press anthology The Dressing Room, due out in the fall of 2014.
On the graphic design front, Stevan Allred's collection of linked short stories, A Simplified Map of the Real World, was published in September by Forest Avenue Press. You can check out my cover design on my illustration page here. The book is available all over the place, but my favorite place is here.
And big news: Forest Avenue Press has been awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship! Big congratulations to publisher Laura Stanfill. All the 2014 fellowship recipients are listed here.
Gigi Little’s work has appeared in the books Portland Noir, The Pacific Northwest Reader, The Frozen Moment and Brave on the Page, as well as Thumbnail Magazine and the Ne’er-do-Well Literary Magazine. She also wrote and illustrated two children’s picture books, Wright Vs. Wrong and The Magical Trunk.
She is a member of Tom Spanbauer’s Dangerous Writing community, whose alumni include Monica Drake, Jennifer Lauck, and Chuck Palahniuk. By day, she works as Lead Visual Merchandiser for Powell’s Books. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, artist Stephen O’Donnell.
Before moving to Portland, Gigi spent fifteen years in the circus, as a lighting director and professional circus clown. She has disappeared into many magic baskets, and she can spin a mean lasso.
Here's a clip from my recent reading at Burnt Tongue II. Thanks to Adam Strong for the videography and Domi Shoemaker for organizing this powerhouse event. You can check out more clips from Burnt Tongue on Adam's YouTube page here.
Video courtesy of Adam Strong © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
We had a lot of fun with the author events to promote Portland Noir: a bit of noir dress, a bit of noir music, and excellent noiresque intros by our editor, Kevin Sampsell. You can read those intros here. Our reading at the Blue Monk included Monica Drake, Karen Karbo, Justin Hocking and me, along with some blues sung by Tahoe Jackson. Special thanks to Brian Padian and Northern Flicker Films for this great little film encapsulation of the evening
Video courtesy of Brian Padian © 2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Thanks to Nora Robertson and to Karl Lind of In the Can Productions for this video of my reading from the Body Show Benefit, a fundraiser for the short experimental film The Body Show: The Humble Egg by Jason Bahling and Nora Robertson (adapted from Robertson's 2007 Pushcart-nominated poem).
Video courtesy of Nora Robertson © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED