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

Transmit Culture

Transmit Culture (TC) is an ongoing series of lectures and conversations intended to illuminate the ever changing and fascinating publishing industry. This series was created to provide the community and PSU Writing and Publishing students with an opportunity to network and learn from leading publishing professionals. It features a flexible format that starts with a Q&A between two professionals, lecture, or panel discussion, and concludes with questions from the audience.

The Master’s Program in Publishing at Portland State University is committed to promoting the art and craft of great works of literature. Transmit Culture gives PSU students, and the greater literary community, a platform to share passions, curiosities, and new developments during this exciting time in the evolution of the industry.

Upcoming Transmit Culture Event

Portland, OR—Portland State University’s graduate program in Book Publishing is excited to announce the winter installment of its Transmit Culture lecture series. Please join us for a panel discussion with author and activist S. Renee Mitchell, literary agent with Howard Morhaim Literary Agency and Portland State University professor DongWon Song, and Multnomah County librarian Alicia Tate. Brian Parker, Ooligan Press graduate, author, illustrator, and cofounder of Believe in Wonder Publishing will moderate the discussion.

Spoken word poet and songwriter, women’s advocate, actress, performer, playwright, speaker, educator, and community servant S. Renee Mitchell is the 2015 Yolanda D. King Drum Major Award winner for her dedication to community service. Mitchell is the author of the novel Tangoing with Tornadoes, two collections of poetry, and is the author and illustrator of two zines, and the children’s story, The Awakening of Sharyn: A Shy and Brown Super Gyrl.

DongWon Song studied English and economics at Duke University and worked at Hachette Book Group and Zola Books before becoming a literary agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. He seeks submissions from writers of science fiction, fantasy, science, food writing, and pop culture. Song is also an instructor of editing at Portland State University’s graduate degree in Book Publishing.

Alicia Tate is a Multnomah County librarian with a focus on youth and children’s librarianship. Tate graduated from the Information School at the University of Washington. She is the recipient of a Charity Cantey Endowed Scholarship. As a member of the Multnomah County Library system, Tate has posted book reviews and blog posts focused on YA fiction and graphic novels, especially in the genres of horror and scientific fiction, and curated lists from “For all of the outsiders” and #weneeddiversebooks to “That’s what I call hip-hop.”

Scheduled for January 28, 2016, “Transmit Culture: Diversity and Inclusion in Young Adult and Children’s Literature” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 102 of University Pointe at 1955 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97201.

Transmit Culture: A Series of Conversations about Publishing is hosted by the graduate program in Book Publishing at Portland State University and Ooligan Press, a nonprofit trade publishing house staffed by students in the graduate program. The lecture series features professionals from all areas of the publishing industry. Lectures are free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5–10.

For more information about the Transmit Culture lecture series, Portland State University’s graduate program in Book Publishing, and Ooligan Press, visit www.publishing.pdx.edu.

Previous Transmit Culture Events

Diversity and Inclusion in Young Adult and Children’s Literature

Women in Writing and Publishing

Please join us for a panel discussion with bestselling author Karen Karbo, managing editor of CALYX literary journal Alicia Bublitz, and director of rights and publicity at Tin House Masie Cochran. Rhonda Hughes, publisher and editor at Hawthorne Books, will moderate the discussion.

Karen Karbo is the bestselling author of twelve books, including the internationally bestselling Kick Ass Women series. Her essays have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, O, More, The New Republic, The New York Times, salon.com, and others.

CALYX is a nonprofit literary journal committed to introducing a wide audience to high quality literature and art by women, and providing a forum for diversity and underrepresented writers and viewpoints. Alicia Bublitz is an activist, cultural critic, women’s studies scholar, Vagina Warrior, and lifelong Girl Scout.

Tin House is an independent press publishing a dozen titles a year. Its authors have garnered attention from the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and O. Masie After working for Inkwell Management, a literary agency in New York City, Masie Cochran moved to Portland with her husband and son. She is now an editor at Tin House.

Hawthorne Books is an independent literary press focused on literary fiction and nonfiction with innovative and varied approaches to the relationships between essay, memoir, and narrative.Hawthorne has published literary fiction and nonfiction to consistent critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Oregon Book Award, Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writer Award, The Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction, and many others.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 102 of University Pointe. You can RSVP on Facebook.

University Pointe
1955 SW 5th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

A Conversation with Georgia Frances King, Editor of Kinfolk – May 14, 2015

The latest installment of Transmit Culture will feature a conversation with Georgia Frances King, editor of Kinfolk, facilitated by Julie Falk, executive director of Bitch Media.

With a circulation of 75,000, Kinfolk has grown into a global brand with a distinct aesthetic. Based in Portland, the quarterly lifestyle magazine produces international editions in Japan, China, Korea, and Russia, and organizes monthly community gathering events that take place around the world. Julie Falk of Bitch Media will interview Kinfolk editor Georgia Frances King about the magazine’s success since its inaugural 2011 issue.

Bitch Media is a Portland-based nonprofit organization that has been publishing the magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture since 1996. Julie Falk was hired as Bitch Media’s first executive director in June 2009.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Shattuck Hall Annex. You can RSVP on Facebook.

Shattuck Hall Annex
1914 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

The Changing Landscape of Bookselling – February 19, 2015

The latest installment of Transmit Culture, “The Changing Landscape of Bookselling,” will examine the evolving business, and uncertain future, of how books are bought and sold.

Panelists will include: Michael Powell, owner of Powell’s City of Books and a driving force behind Portland’s thriving literary culture; Gary Lothian, a long-time sales representative with Ingram Content Management, the largest book distributor in the United States; and Marcia R. Johnston, a successful self-published writer through Amazon and author of Word Up!: How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs. The panel will be moderated by Kent Watson, executive director of PubWest and adjunct professor in the graduate program in Book Publishing at Portland State University.

The event will begin at 7:30pm, and will take place in room 102 of the University Pointe building at Portland State University.

University Point at College Station
1955 SW Fifth Ave., Portland, Oregon 97201
Portland, OR 97201

MFA vs. NYC – Thursday, October 23, 2014

The next event in our Transmit Culture lecture series, MFA vs. NYC will feature a debate centered around the two current distinct writing and literary cultures in the United States: the MFA track and the world of New York publishing. Featuring panelists like Betsy Amster, Lee Montgomery, and Eliot Treichel, it’s sure to be an enlightening discussion. All are welcome!

The event will begin at 7:30pm, and will take place in room 102 of the University Pointe building at Portland State University.

University Point at College Station
1955 SW Fifth Ave., Portland, Oregon 97201
Portland, OR 97201

From Book to Big Screen – Thursday, May 15, 2014

Many of today’s biggest box office hits began as books. Join us for the next event in our Transmit Culture lecture series, Transmit Culture: From Book to Big Screen! We’ll be learning about the mysterious and exciting process of adapting books for film. Panelists include:

The event will begin at 7:30pm, and will take place in room 102 of the University Pointe building at Portland State University. Light refreshments will be provided.

University Point at College Station
1955 SW Fifth Ave., Portland, Oregon 97201
Portland, OR 97201

Publishing Comics and Graphic Novels: Thursday, May 16, 2013

Transmit Culture Lectures: Comics

Panelists include distinguished figures in the vibrant Oregon comics scene: Chris Ross, the Director of Digital Publishing and in-house book designer for Top Shelf Comix; Sarah Mirk, the Online Editor of Bitch Media and the force behind the Oregon History Comics; Spencer Newlin-Cushing, the Assistant Editor at Dark Horse Comics; and Jason Leivian, owner and curator of Floating World Comics. The panel will be moderated by Todd Sattersten, PSU professor and author of Every Book is a Startup.

This panel is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of 5-10$.

5th Avenue Cinema
510 SW Hall St.
Portland, OR 97201

7:30-9:00pm, doors open at 7:00pm


Kat Topaz: April 29, 2013

Transmit Culture Lectures: Kat Topaz

Kat Topaz will speak on her experiences in the design and publishing worlds, starting with her early work designing in NYC pre-desktop. Moving through her transition to desktop publishing, and redesigning alt-weeklies across the county, and into her current work designing interactive tablet based publications.The conversation will culminate in a look at the differences between designing for print and tablets, and the challenges to that transition. With over 25 years of experience, Topaz brings a unique perspective on where publication design was, where it is, and where the industry is going.

About Kat Topaz

Katherine “Kat” Topaz founded Topaz Design in 2000, after a decade of racking up awards for her design work. Well known in the publication world, she has designed or redesigned over 50 titles nationwide. Her ability to use design as a tool to effectively reposition and launch publications in their markets is well documented; Dig Boston, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Oklahoma Gazette, and the Oregonian’s Mix (Portland’s Food and Drink magazine) are recent examples.

Beyond print, Topaz expanded into branding for business clients in the Portland area, focusing on annual reports, websites, logos and marketing material. Greenlight Greater Portland, Pivotal Leaders, and Hotlips Pizza and Soda have all excelled in reaching their target audiences with her creative solutions.

Topaz is now the Creative Director at Storycode, where she uses her background to create mixed-media products for the digital marketplace and next generation devices. This past year she launched a DPS app for “Stratford Behind the Scenes” which is being described as one of the year’s best. Adobe recently chose the Storycode agency, as one of ten globally, to be an Adobe DPS preferred partner.

An alumnus of Parsons School of Design, Topaz has taught Design Strategies and Typography for over a decade at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and speaks regularly around the country.

This panel is free and open to past and future students of the writing program at PSU.

Neuberger Hall, Room 407
724 SW Harrison St.
Portland, OR 97201

5:30-6:30pm


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