2021-2022 Small Press Author Reading Series

In 2020, Hidden Timber Books began hosting authors from other small presses across the country, fostering a strong literary community by connecting authors and readers, near and far, and by sharing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that may get overlooked in the mainstream.

Readings are held over Zoom and always free. All you need to do is register. Attend one, attend them all, and spread the word!

To view our past Small Press Author Readings, visit our YouTube Channel.

Inquiries about participating in our reading series can be sent to Vanessa Daunais, Publishing Assistant at Hidden Timber Books.

*Please make note of time zones listed. If you need accommodations for the reading, please contact us several days prior to the event. We will do our best to make it accessible.

Join us for our Inaugural 2021-2022 Season event!

Sunday, October 3, 2021
12pm PT | 1pm MT | 2pm Central | 3pm Eastern
A pairing of short stories and memoir

Toni Jensen
CARRY: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land (Penguin Random House)

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • A powerful, poetic memoir about what it means to exist as an Indigenous woman in America, told in snapshots of the author’s encounters with gun violence.

Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize • Goop Book Club Pick • “Essential . . . We need more voices like Toni Jensen’s, more books like Carry.”—Tommy Orange, New York Times bestselling author of There There

Toni Jensen grew up around guns: As a girl, she learned to shoot birds in rural Iowa with her father, a card-carrying member of the NRA. As an adult, she’s had guns waved in her face near Standing Rock, and felt their silent threat on the concealed-carry campus where she teaches. And she has always known that in this she is not alone. As a Métis woman, she is no stranger to the violence enacted on the bodies of Indigenous women, on Indigenous land, and the ways it is hidden, ignored, forgotten.

In Carry, Jensen maps her personal experience onto the historical, exploring how history is lived in the body and redefining the language we use to speak about violence in America. In the title chapter, Jensen connects the trauma of school shootings with her own experiences of racism and sexual assault on college campuses. “The Worry Line” explores the gun and gang violence in her neighborhood the year her daughter was born. “At the Workshop” focuses on her graduate school years, during which a workshop classmate repeatedly killed off thinly veiled versions of her in his stories. In “Women in the Fracklands,” Jensen takes the reader inside Standing Rock during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and bears witness to the peril faced by women in regions overcome by the fracking boom.

In prose at once forensic and deeply emotional, Toni Jensen shows herself to be a brave new voice and a fearless witness to her own difficult history—as well as to the violent cultural landscape in which she finds her coordinates. With each chapter, Carry reminds us that surviving in one’s country is not the same as surviving one’s country.

Toni Jensen is the author of Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice book (Ballantine 2020). An NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient in 2020, Jensen’s essays have appeared in OrionCatapult and Ecotone. She is also the author of the story collection From the Hilltop. She teaches at the University of Arkansas and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Métis.

Savannah Johnston
RITES: STORIES (Jaded Ibis Press)

In biting, sparse prose that speaks to the ingrained sorrow of everyday life, Johnston showcases the sustained act of human resilience in this collection of short stories that focuses on Indigenous people in Oklahoma.

Whether following the life of a young girl who recently lost her grandfather, a newly released “convict,” a sex worker, a new, struggling father, or a bereaved widow and mother, Johnston documents the struggles, defeats, and little victories of these unsung individuals as they navigate a world that refuses to recognize them; the effects are subtle, yet loud, and always enduring.

Savannah Johnston is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Her work has appeared in Gulf CoastHTMLgiant, and Gravel, among others. She lives in New York City.

Donna Miscolta

Set in California in the 1960s and ’70s, the linked stories in Living Color take Angie Rubio year by thorny year from kindergarten through high school, offering a humorous, biting, but always compassionate portrait of the artist as a shy, awkward Mexican-American girl.

Against the backdrop of the Cold War and civil rights eras, Living Color delivers the milestones of American girlhood—slumber parties, training bras, proms—through the eyes of “brown, skinny, and bespectacled” Angie, who learns early that pageant winners, cheerleaders, and the Juliets in school plays are always white, and that big vocabularies are useless in navigating cliques and clubs.

Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories traces Angie’s formation as a writer, from the diffident, earnest child who jots down new words in a notebook to the emboldened high school student publishing unpopular opinions in her new “loud-enough-to-be-heard” voice.

Donna Miscolta’s third book of fiction Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories from Jaded Ibis Press was named to the 2020 Latino Books of the Year list by the Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club. It won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Multicultural Fiction and an International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories. It was a finalist for the American Fiction Award, the Nancy Pearl Award, and the Washington State Book Award. Her story collection Hola and Goodbye: Una Familia in Stories, winner of the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman, won a 2017 Independent Publishers award for Best Regional Fiction and an International Latino Book Award for Best Latino Focused Fiction. She’s also the author of the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced, which poet Rick Barot called “intricate, tender, and elegantly written—a necessary novel for our times.” Her work has also appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. Raised in National City, California, she has long resided in Seattle where she worked in local government for thirty years. Find her at donnamiscolta.com.

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