Ooligan Press

Ooligan is a not-for-profit general trade press that publishes books honoring the cultural and natural diversity of the Pacific Northwest.

Education & Curriculum

In addition to being a nonprofit trade publishing house, Ooligan Press is a teaching press, where graduate students are prepared for careers in the modern publishing industry. Being inherently oriented toward teaching and learning, Ooligan is particularly enthusiastic about projects destined for educational purposes. We are interested in publishing supplemental works, subject-specific texts, lesson plans designed for classroom use, and the like.

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We Belong in History: Writing with William Stafford

What does poetry mean to today’s teenagers? We Belong In History: Writing with William Stafford brings together middle and high school students from around Oregon to answer this question. This unique anthology mixes beloved Poet Laureate William Stafford’s poems with verses by young writers inspired by his work, his passions, and his legacy. Both an . . . Read more »

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Rethinking Paper & Ink: The Sustainable Publishing Revolution

Ooligan Press is committed to leading the industry in sustainable publishing. Rethinking Paper & Ink, part of Ooligan’s OpenBook Series, offers an in-depth, critical examination of the current book publishing industry and discusses ways to achieve more sustainable practices during acquisitions, editing, design, printing, marketing, promotion, and distribution. Dedicated to transparency, accountability, and responsibility, each . . . Read more »

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Brew to Bikes

Dissatisfied with passive consumption, many residents of Portland, Oregon, take matters into their own hands. Associate Professor of Urban Studies Charles Heying noticed these local artisans prospering all over the city and set out to study their thriving economy. Profiling hundreds of local businesses, and with an eye on Portland’s unique penchant for sustainability and . . . Read more »

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Oregon Stories

This collection of 150 personal narratives from everyday Oregonians explores the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of the people who live in this unique state. Oregon Stories shows why people cherish this state and why Oregonians strive to keep Oregon unique and beautiful while celebrating its rich history and diverse opportunities. Drawn from the  Oregon 150 Commission’s . . . Read more »

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Classroom Publishing: A Practical Guide for Teachers

Classroom Publishing: A Practical Guide for Teachers is a resource guide for educators using publishing as an educational tool. Contents include real-life examples of classroom publishing projects, background on the publishing process, and a resource guide with information from project planning to eco-friendly publishing options. This totally revised second edition shows teachers how to combine new . . . Read more »

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Cataclysms on the Columbia

Cataclysms on the Columbia tells two stories. One follows geological research that challenged the scientific paradigm of the early 20th century, and the other chronicles the results of that research: the discovery of powerful prehistoric floods that shaped the Pacific Northwest. The last Ice Age left scabland buttes, dry falls, and old river channels in . . . Read more »

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Speaking Out: Women, War, and the Global Economy

What can the rest of the world do to help a war torn country? Every day in the headlines, on the home front, and around the world, we face the issue of how war affects people. Speaking Out leads this important discussion by asking the question: why war? Speaking Out addresses the effects of war on gender and reparation . . . Read more »

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Ricochet River

Ricochet River is set in a fictional Oregon town in the late 1960s. This completely revised edition is a superlative coming-of-age story about teenagers preparing to break out of their small-town lives: Wade, the local sports hero; his friend Jesse—the Indian kid and mythical athlete who applies his own rules to sports and life; and Wade’s . . . Read more »

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Oregon At Work: 1859–2009

If you had searched the want-ads in 1859 Oregon, what kind of jobs would you have found? What sort of hours would you have worked, what work would you have done, and how much money would you have made? Oregon At Work: 1859–2009 looks at three eras in Oregon’s history: the mid-to-late 1800s, the early-to-mid-1900s, and . . . Read more »

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A Heart for Any Fate: Westward to Oregon, 1845

Seventeen-year-old Lovisa King comes of age on the Oregon Trail as her family travels from Missouri to the Oregon Territory. Based on the history of a company of real pioneers, A Heart for Any Fate: Westward to Oregon, 1845 tells the story of the King family, whose careful plans are challenged by the harsh, unforeseen realities of . . . Read more »

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Dreams of the West

The History of the Chinese in Oregon, 1850–1950 Who were the pioneers of the American West? Some of them we already know: European Americans who traveled across North America on horseback, in covered wagons or on foot, or sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Lesser known are the immigrants who, by the 1850s, began . . . Read more »

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You Have Time for This

Contemporary American Short-Short Stories Love, death, fantasy, and foreign lands, told with brevity and style by the best writers in the short-short fiction genre. You Have Time for This satiates your craving for fine literature without making a dent in your schedule. This collection takes the modern reader on fifty-three literary rides, each one only . . . Read more »

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