Author Kelley Jácquez to attend the NW Book Festival

Kelley Jácquez, author of Holding Woman and Other Stories of Acceptable Madness (Bilingual Press, 2013), will be at the Northwest Book Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland on July 26, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Booth 57. The festival is a fun-filled, family friendly, free annual event. To learn details, visit .

“The NW Book Festival is a fantastic opportunity for readers and writers to celebrate the wonderful world of books, and I’m delighted that this year I can take part as an author and share Holding Woman with my community,” she said.

Connecting with her community has always been important to Jácquez. Holding Woman, her first book, is a collection of tales set in northern New Mexico, where she grew up. Her darkly comic stories about the people of a fictional village have elicited rave reviews from book reviewers, authors, and readers alike for her ability to authentically render an entertaining yet compassionate picture of small town life.


About the Author

 After earning a master’s degree in English, Kelley Jácquez served as adjunct faculty at several California colleges, writing and publishing short stories at the same time. She then turned to journalism, eventually becoming managing editor of the Business Journal newspaper in Fresno. Her awards include a Harper/Collins Fellowship, the Persephone award for Best Humorous Short Story, a finalist award from the Utah Writers-at-Work competition, and the 2012 Western States Poetry Award sponsored by Persimmon Tree Literary Association. Her short stories have appeared in many literary magazines and two anthologies (Walking the Twilight II: Women Writers of the Southwest and Fantasmas: Supernatural Stories by Mexican American Writers). She lives in Clatskanie, Oregon.