NAOMI FAST was born in California, raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. She holds MA degrees from Portland State University in two areas of artful communication: one Creative Writing, the other Theater. She’s won several writing awards, including an Academy of American Poets Prize and The Shelley Reece Award. Her poem Kajiji Fires was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize.

Here’s a link to Naomi’s portfolio, which lists a few of the journals and anthologies her poetry’s been published in around the United States, including The Tucumcari Literary Review, San Fernando Poetry Journal, Dogwood, Empty Shoes, Pacific Yachting, and the ever popular ‘many more’.  Little known fact: Naomi’s first & only cartoon publication was when she was 16, in The Fresno Bee—but she keeps a Mead® file folder of unpublished cartoons the New Yorker may or may not be interested in. (In this way, she has selfishly kept her sense of humor to herself. Maybe one day she’ll correct this terrible flaw, then write about it in the third person.)

A daily runner and cyclist, Naomi has captured much of her path on digital. She recently compiled Portland Light, a book of “lite” poems and photography exposing urban details of life in her much beloved city of Portland, Oregon… aka the Rose City, aka Stumptown, aka simply, PDX. Some of her photographs are also posted at Flickr, the occasional Lulu product, and right here:

Awning of Stars

Other work: Naomi’s a uniquely gifted feng shui consultant, been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, a copy editor for Intel websites, crafted newsletters for Portland Area Theatre Alliance, penned river poetry while tending the quiet-ish office at a wooden boat repair company, and served on the editorial collective for VoiceCatcher, an anthology dedicated to Portland-area women’s writing & art.

She’s also done some work with fruits and vegetables and a very big knife. Maybe more about that someday…

Writers are never just writers.


Portland Light front coverSpeaking of more, there are more books planned for the Portland Light series, which is sold at select physical locations including Powell’s and Budd+Finn in Portland. It’s also sold print-on-demand here & at Amazon. If you’d like to stock the books in your shop because you love Portland, poetry, & artists, that’d be so appreciated! Send an email to: naomifast(at)gmail(dot)com.

*www.naomifast.com was formerly www.wordstothewind.com, a domain she decided to release to the wind and whim of the next person who wanted it.