Stories & Surprises with Patrick O’Neil, Diane Sherlock & Thea Constantine, Hosted by ZaWunderbar Brendan Constantine(!)

Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m.

Our friend and admired literary partisan, poet Brendan Constantine, presents a special evening of stories and surprises. Authors Patrick O’Neil, Diane Sherlock and Thea Constantine will read original work on themes of love, death, magic, crime, and life on the edge. Chevalier’s veterans O’Neil (Gun, Needle, Spoon) and Sherlock (Wrestling Alligators) present encore performances while first time novelist Thea Constantine offers a special pre-release debut of Stumptown. Reading, reception and signing to follow.

Stumptown Cover

 “A celebration of life on the streets, shared in gritty dirty glory by those too often ignored and unseen…You will come to care about this deeply flawed but charming cast of outsiders – like family.”— Lesann Berry, author of Alternate Endingsand Ambushing the Vigilante

Thea Constantine authgor photoThea Constantine was born in New York city to a family of actors and writers. She grew up in Hollywood and spent her youth in the clubs and streets of Los Angeles  before finally settling in Portland Oregon. In between adventures, she has worked as an award winning performer, filmmaker, playwright, and giant shrimp. Stumptown began as a serial for the on-line magazine The Black Boot, under the name Portlandia. She is a certified facilitator in the AWA method and does weekly writers workshops with PDX Writers. Her short stories have been published in a number of journals, magazines and anthologies.

Patrick ONeilPatrick O’Neil  s the author of the memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Juxtapoz, Salon, The Nervous Breakdown, After Party Magazine, and Razorcake. O’Neil is a contributing editor for Sensitive Skin Magazine, a Pushcart nominee, a two time nominee for Best Of The Net, and a PEN Center USA Professional and former Mentor. He teaches creative writing at various rehabs, correctional facilities, institutions, and workshops, and he is the co-coordinator for the Why There Are Words, Los Angeles reading series.

“O’Neil speaks the truth plainly. Real, honest, pure natural good writing with no self-pity and at the same time no bragging. A page turner. Wish I could write music like O’Neil writes prose.” — Klaus Fluoride, Dead Kennedys.

Diane SherlockDiane Sherlock is the author of four novels, Dead Weight , Willful Ignorance , Growing Chocolate, and Wrestling Alligators  Her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, scissors and spackle, The Citron Review, and Mo+th  and Bird in the Hand: Risk & Flight .  Currently, she is a co-founder and editor for, a site for writers to annotate books in terms of craft and maintains a blog on the craft of fiction writing. 

  “In Wrestling Alligators…each page is alive with wit and spark and snark and heart; each page pulses with keen social observation. I am utterly in love with this novel.” ~ Gayle Brandeis , author of The Book of Dead Birds,  Delta Girls