Portland Light front coverNAOMI FAST is the author of Portland Light, a book of poetry and photography capturing a decade of life in the much beloved Portland, OR, a.k.a. the Rose City, a.k.a. Stumptown, a.k.a. simply, PDX.

The book is sold at select physical locations including Powell’s and Budd+Finn in Portland, and it is sold print-on-demand here & at Amazon.

There are two more books coming in the Portland Light series. If you’d like to stock the books in your shop, please send an email to: naomifast(at)gmail(dot)com.


Naomi Fast holds MA degrees in two areas of artful communication: one in Writing, the other in 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.

Little known fact: Naomi’s first and only cartoon publication occurred when she was 16, in The Fresno Bee—but she has a file folder full of unpublished cartoons that The New Yorker may or may not be interested in. (In this way, she has rather selfishly kept her sense of humor to herself. Maybe one day she will correct this terrible flaw.)

Naomi’s poetry has been published around the United States in journals and anthologies including The Tucumcari Literary Review, San Fernando Poetry Journal, Dogwood, Empty Shoes, Pacific Yachting, and more. Naomi was publishing in literary journals by the age of 21, but her for a while her path veered away, not to fully rejoin with poetry until 2001, partly in response to the tragic events of that year.

Other work: Naomi’s been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, worked as a writer and 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.

Naomi’s a daily runner and cyclist, and has captured quite a bit of her city on digital while out and about. Some of her photographs appear in her book, and others can be seen on her Flickr and Lulu pages and products, like this photography collection/calendar combo: 2015 Bikes Calendar.

*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.