Susan DeFreitas

“One of 25 Oregon Writers Every Oregonian Must Read”
The Oregonian

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Winner of a 2017 Gold IPPY Award.

“Earth-shatteringly good.”
—Read It Forward

“A stunning book.”
—Rene Denfeld, author of The Enchanted

“Fucking fantastic.”
—Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan

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City of Weird

Set in Portland, Oregon, these thirty original stories blend imagination, literary writing, and pop culture into a cohesive weirdness that honors the city’s personality, its bookstores and bridges and solo volcano, as well as the tradition of sci-fi pulp magazines.

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Susan DeFreitas has never been able to choose between fantasy and reality, so she lives and writes in both. Born and raised in rural west Michigan, she spent fourteen years in the high country of Arizona before moving to Portland, Oregon, where she has lived since 2009. An award-winning author and editor, her work has been featured in over 30 magazines, journals, and anthologies, including The Utne Reader and The Writer’s Chronicle. She enjoys mysterious books, strange weather, thinking machines, and sketchy characters. Susan shares works in progress through Patreon, and she writes science fiction under SDeFreitas Timmons.


I’m doing at pop-up reading at Wordstock! Time TBA. Venue: Portland Art Museum
7:30 pm @ Post 134, 2104 NE Alberta St Portland, Oregon, OR 97211

To say I’m a music enthusiast doesn’t quite begin to cut it, and for the last year, Songbook PDX has been slaying me at each and every event. Strong, affecting, literary, personal, all the pieces read at Songbook PDX centrally concern a song. I’m thrilled to be joining the lineup in November. (Prime candidate for my essay, at the moment, is The Doors’ Morrison Hotel–it was stuck in the tape player of my car in high school for a good year.)

3:00 p.m, Lincoln City Library

Oregon Legacy is the oldest continuously-running author series on the Oregon Coast, and I’m thrilled to be included this year. Past presenters have included Ursula K Leguin, Smith Henderson, Lidia Yuknavitch, Willy Vlautin, Brian Doyle, Gov. Barbara Roberts, Naseem Rakha, Gina Oschner, Garth Stein, Kate Wilhelm and Whitney Otto.

2:00 p.m, Newport Library

I’ll be presenting a workshop entitled Writing the Natural World for the Newport chapter of the Willamette Writers. More details soon!

7:30 p.m, Powell’s City of Books

Join us for the Portland launch of Anca Szilagi’s stunning debut novel, DAUGHTERS OF THE AIR, which Shelf Awareness calls, “A striking debut from a writer to watch…gritty yet gorgeous, severe yet convivial, as it navigates uncertain times in a treacherous world.” 

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