Words and Pictures Festival 2020

The event

Our fourth annual festival of local authors and illustrators is going virtual! Join us online for a day-long celebration of books by your favorite local talent, including virtual panel discussions, author talks, readings, and workshops!

The time

Saturday, October 10,10 am–6 pm

The keynote speaker

 

Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee, our keynote speaker at 4 pm, is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of the Green Bone Saga, beginning with Jade City and continuing in Jade War and the forthcoming Jade Legacy. She is also the author of the acclaimed young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer, Exo and Cross Fire. Fonda is a multiple finalist for the Nebula and Locus Awards and a three-time finalist for the Oregon Book Awards. Born and raised in Canada, she now resides in Portland, Oregon.

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The full schedule of events

Coming soon!

Writers and Illustrators

Benjamin Gorman

Benjamin Gorman

Benjamin Gorman is the author of the novels The Sum of Our Gods, Corporate High School, The Digital Storm, and Don’t Read This Book. In addition to being a political activist, a poet, the publisher at Not a Pipe Publishing, and a union thug, he teaches high school English in Independence, Oregon. (He has to wear all these different hats because of his lack-of-hair situation.) During COVID, he’s been posting pictures of flowers every day because, let’s face it, we need some extra beauty in our lives.

Brian Tashima

Brian Tashima

Brian Tashima was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, but it was too warm and sunny for him, so he decided to move to Vancouver, Washington, where he now writes books, plays in a local band, and serves on the Board of Directors for Autism Empowerment.

Catherine Lazar Odell

Catherine Lazar Odell is a freelance illustrator and one-woman print shop based out of Portland, Oregon. She believes in the power of the imagination and community to create a just and optimistic future. Catherine is the author and illustrator of two books, Pepper and Frannie and It's Showtime! A Pepper and Frannie Story. The stories pull from her experiences as a musician and skateboarder, with themes of friendship, perseverance, and kindness.

Curtis C. Chen

Curtis C. Chen

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel, Waypoint Kangaroo, (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist) is a science fiction spy thriller about a superpowered secret agent facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. Curtis' short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and Oregon Reads Aloud. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers' workshops. You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint on the second Tuesday of most every month.

David D. Levine

David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of Andre Norton Award winning novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016), sequels Arabella and the Battle of Venus (Tor 2017) and Arabella the Traitor of Mars (Tor 2018), and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Tor.com, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.

Debby Dodds

Debby Dodds

Debby Dodds is the author of the novel Amish Guys Don't Call, on the list BEST YA OF 2017 by Powell’s Books, featured in Random House’s Better with Books, and an Amazon Top 100 in a YA category. She won 1st place in Portland’s Wizard World 2017 Fiction Contest. As an actress, she wrote and performed in stage shows at both Disneyland and Disney World. Debby has stories in twenty anthologies including the NY Times best-selling My Little Red Book (Hachette). She received a BFA from NYU in Drama/Acting and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University.

Elizabeth Goss papercut with cat

Elizabeth Goss

I create my unique illustrations by delicately slicing and stacking layers of paper. I think of papercutting as an exquisite cross between drawing and sculpture, a medium where lines can literally be lifted out of paper to create story and depth. As a writer, I specialize in stories that are unusual or unexpected. Unlikely heroes, new takes on classic stories, and the secret worlds of children are my forte. Whether I am writing a whimsical fantasy or a piece of vivid nonfiction, I love to surprise my readers.

Gary Corbin

Gary Corbin

Gary Corbin is a writer, actor, and playwright in Camas, WA. He has published seven novels in three separate series, the most recent being In Search of Valor in his Valorie Dawes Thrillers series. His plays have enjoyed critical acclaim and have been produced on many Portland-area stages.

A homebrewer and home coffee roaster, Gary is a member of the Oregon Brew Crew and is an accredited National Beer Judge. He loves to ski, cook, and root for his beloved Patriots and Red Sox. And when that’s not enough, he escapes to the Oregon coast with his sweetheart.

Gretchen McLellan

Gretchen McLellan

Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan is a former elementary reading specialist and author of Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3, I’m Done!, Button and Bundle, and No Party Poopers!. She writes picture books, chapter books and middle-grade fiction. Gretchen grew up as an army brat and global nomad. She settled in Camas, WA and hopes children will find a home in her heartfelt books about community, courage and compassion. When she isn’t writing, Gretchen can be found reading, playing word games, attending plays, hiking, x-country , sewing and baking. Please visit gretchenmclellan.com for information about her books, events and author visits.

H.R. Mason

H.R. Mason

H.R. Mason is an Ohio girl transplanted into the Pacific Northwest. She is a people-watching introvert who can be found hiding out in the nearest corner. When not writing, she loves rainy days at the beach, old houses and antiques, researching family history, reading, and getting lost inside her own thoughts. She is a lover of caffeine and a hopeless romantic at heart. A multi-published author in the Romance genre, she moved into new writing territory in 2019 when she crossed genres. Nothing Hidden Ever Stays, her debut Gothic Suspense novel, became an Amazon bestseller.

Heather Ransom

Heather S. Ransom

Middle school teacher, pizza pub and cigar shop owner, science fiction author of the award winning YA Going Green trilogy and short stories published in Strongly Worded Women and Shout, director for Southern Oregon and OYA Rogue Valley Young Willamette Writers, and believer in the magic of an incredible story.

Jenn Reese

Jenn Reese

Jenn Reese (she/her) writes speculative fiction for readers of all ages. Her middle grade books include A Game of Fox & Squirrels (Henry Holt) and the trilogy beginning with Above World (Candlewick), a finalist for the 2012 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.  Jenn’s short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Uncanny, Analog, and the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology Paper Cities, among others. Jenn lives in Portland, Oregon.

Jody J. Little

Jody J. Little

Jody J. Little is a third-grade teacher who loves sharing her joy of books and reading with her students. She lives in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon. Her debut middle-grade novel, Mostly the Honest Truth, was a Winter/Spring 2019 Indies Introduce and Indies Next Selection, and a 2020 Oregon Book Award Finalist. Her second novel, Worse Than Weird, is a story set in Portland about discovering the weird in everyone.

Karen Eisenbrey

Karen Eisenbrey

Karen Eisenbrey lives in Seattle, WA, where she leads a quiet, orderly life and invents stories to make up for it. Karen writes fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as short fiction in a variety of genres and the occasional poem or song if it insists. She is the author of four novels: The Gospel According to St. Rage; Barbara and the Rage Brigade; Daughter of Magic; and Wizard Girl, all from Not A Pipe Publishing. Death’s Midwife will release in 2021. Karen shares her life with her husband, two young adult sons, and two mature adult cats.

Kristin Burchell

Kristin Burchell

Kristin Burchell loves ghost stories and things that cannot be explained, so the Pacific Northwest is the perfect place for her. She is the author of The Witches of Proposal Rock, published by Astrea Press. A selection from her novel Enter Elisabeth won first place in Willamette Writers’ Kay Snow contest. The entire novel can be found at Multnomah County Library’s Overdrive, as can Court of Venom, which won Honorable Mention in the Kay Snow contest. She is the facilitator for SCBWI’s Clark County Write Direction.

Laurel Gale

Laurel Gale

Laurel Gale writes books for children. Her middle grade novels include Dead Boy, her debut, and Story Magic, which will be out October 27, 2020. She lives with her husband and their ferrets in Washington. In addition to writing, she enjoying hiking, playing board games, and reading.

Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson

After a twenty-plus year career, Rebecca Robinson continues writing in a number of genres - graphic novel, television mini-series, and now, serialized historical fiction podcast. Her latest project draws on personal family history from England during the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Rosanne Parry

Rosanne Parry

Rosanne Parry is the author of seven middle grade novels, including the newly released A Whale of the Wild and the NY Times best seller A Wolf Called Wander which is published in 11 languages. Rosanne is a part-time bookseller at legendary Portland independent bookstore, Annie Blooms, and is the captain of the League of Exceptional Writers, a free mentoring workshop for young avid readers and writers (on hiatus until 2021). She lives with her family in an old farmhouse and writes in a treehouse in her backyard. You can find Rosanne at www.rosanneparry.com

Sheela Preuitt

Sheela Preuitt

Sheela Preuitt is an author of children’s books and a freelance writer for publications with a south Asian slant. In her nonfiction works, she enjoys focusing on STEM/STEAM topics for children. As a fiction picture book writer she finds it immensely gratifying to share inclusive narratives featuring differently-abled kids who simply want to be who they are. Sheela holds a Master's in Science Education and a Master’s in Computer and Information Science. When she is not writing or reading or coding, she can be found hiking in nature trails, cooking mostly-healthy foods, sewing or crocheting utilitarian things.

Sloane Leong

Sloane Leong

Sloane Leong is a mixed indigenous cartoonist, artist, and writer. She explores themes of survival, displacement, relationships, spirituality, identity, and mental illness through genres like science fiction, horror, adventure, and slice-of-life. She is currently working on the second arc of her sci-fi adventure comic Prism Stalker and has a new book coming up in 2020 from First Second called A Map to the Sun.

Stephanie Feldstein

Stephanie Feldstein

Stephanie Feldstein is the Population and Sustainability Director at the Center for Biological Diversity, where she heads a national program that addresses the connection between human population growth, overconsumption, and the wildlife extinction crisis. She created the innovative Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign, and her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, NPR, Salon, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and more. When she’s not advocating for animals and the environment, she can usually be found writing young adult and middle grade fiction in the company of her rescued dogs and cats named after literary figures.

William Schreiber

William Schreiber

Author and screenwriter William Schreiber earned the Rising Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association for his debut novel that infuses a redemptive family saga with a pinch of paranormal, Someone to Watch Over. The book was adapted from his original screenplay, which has won or been nominated for many film festival and industry competition screenwriting awards, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Program. At work on his next novel, he lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Pam.