The 3rd Annual Northwest Literary Showcase at this year’s Helsing Junction Sleeopver presents a broad mix of novelists, poets, essayists, and zinesters from around the Northwest. Combining seasoned award-winning authors with up-and-coming writers, the showcase brings an entertaining assortment of local talent.
Cari Luna is the author of The Revolution of Every Day, which won the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, PANK, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Joshua James Amberson is the author of the critically-acclaimed zines Basic Paper Airplane and The Prince Zine. His essays, short prose, and journalism have been published in a wide variety of publications, including Broken Pencil and Performer Magazine. He’s a weekly contributor to The Portland Mercury, a creative writing teacher through Portland Community College, and is working on both a micro-fiction collection titled Everyday Mythologies and a young adult novel called The Importance of Forgetting.
Themba Lewis is a writer, photographer, letterpress artists, and refugee rights activist based in Olympia, Washington. His work has appeared in everything from tour zines and literary journals to al Jazeera and the Wall Street Journal. Lewis is a former member of both Mirah and Tara Jane O’Neil’s bands, as well as a founding member of the post-punk band The Intima. He is currently part of Olympia’s Triceratops Pres