Ooligan Press Demystifies the Publishing Process at an Open House, Nov. 7
Author: Haili J. Graff, Office of University Communications, 503-725-3711
Posted: October 29, 2007

How is a book made? Who decides on the design? How can you get published? Find answers to these questions and more at an open house sponsored by Portland State's Ooligan Press on Wednesday, November 7, from noon - 6 p.m., at PSU's Native American Student and Community Center (710 SW Jackson). The event is free and open to the public.

The open house will feature presentations on book design, children's books, working with editors, marketing a book, how the book publishing industry works, and in particular what Ooligan Press looks for in manuscripts. The event will also provide an opportunity to talk with Ooligan Press teachers, students, authors, including Robin Cody and Geronimo Tagatac, and Dennis Stovall, coordinator of the publishing curriculum.

Launched in 2001, Ooligan Press is part of the only publishing program in the country with a Masters degree that includes a student-run press. Currently, the program has published 12 books with 6 more expected this year. With guidance from experienced publishing professionals, students gain hands-on experience in running the press, acquiring and editing manuscripts, and designing and marketing books. For more information call Ooligan Press at 503-725-9410.

Schedule of Open House Presentations
"Book Surgery," John Henley, book buyer, and Linny Stovall, Friends of Ooligan Press coordinator

Noon - 12:30 p.m.
"Publishing with University and Community Partners," Terra Chapek, PSU student

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
"So You Want to Get Published?" Dennis Stovall, publishing curriculum coordinator

1:15 - 2 p.m.

"The Naked Children's Book: From Words to Pictures to Books," Michelle McCann, author and Ooligan teacher

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
"Pitch Your Book," Megan Wellman and Kylin Larsson, PSU students

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Reading with Geronimo Tagatac, author of "The Weight of the Sun"

2 - 2:30 p.m.
"Confessions of an Author Who LIKES His Publisher," Robin Cody, author of "Ricochet River"

2:30 - 3 p.m.
"Book Surgery," John Henley and Linny Stovall

3 - 4 p.m.
"When You Care Enough to Send the Very Worst: 'Hate Mail' from Concept to Publication," Ink & Paper Group, owned and operated by Ooligan alumni

4 - 4:30 p.m.
"Classroom Editing," Karen Kirtley, editor and Ooligan teacher

5 - 5:45 p.m.

"So You Want to Get Published?" Dennis Stovall

Ooligan Press
Ooligan Press is dedicated to teaching the art and craft of publishing. As a teaching press, Ooligan makes as little distinction as possible between the press and the classroom. Under the direction of professional faculty and staff, the work of the press is done by students enrolled in the Book Publishing graduate program at Portland State. Publishing profitable books in real markets provides projects in which students combine theory with practice. Ooligan Press's catalog includes Robin Cody's "Ricochet River"; Michael Munk's "Red Guide"; and "Deer Drink the Moon," a collection of poetry edited by Liz Nakazawa. For more information about Ooligan Press, please visit or call 503-725-9410.

Friends of Ooligan Press (FOOP) is dedicated to supporting the operations of Ooligan Press through community engagement, fund development and public support. FOOP offers an exciting chance to support a unique and dynamic institution in the community.

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Source: Linny Stovall (503-245-5280)
Friends of Ooligan Press