I traveled to Portland on Friday to host a Joyland PNW reading at the Portland Lit Crawl. This was my second Lit Crawl event this fall and second time hosting on behalf of Joyland PNW. As host, I wanted to address the question I’m asking as I read submissions to this region’s section in Joyland, which is what makes PNW literature.
When the Seattle Review of Books wrote about last month’s Seattle Lit Crawl, they noted that my “opening remarks had the hallmarks of a work in progress, that’s okay; this community is both diverse and changing fast.” So perhaps it will be a long journey to discover this answer, but one I’m excited to take as I continue to serve as a curator of Pacific Northwest fiction.
However you see Pacific Northwest literature, I hope you’ll submit a story to Joyland and show me.