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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.

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.

Upcoming Transmit Culture Event

Keep your eye on this page for the announcement of our Winter 2017 Transmit Culture event!

Previous Transmit Culture Events

Writers at Work

The Book Publishing graduate program at Portland State is pleased to present the latest installment in the Transmit Culture lecture series. This panel focuses on Writers at Work—writers who have day jobs in literary-adjacent field.

Kait Heacock recently left her job in New York City as publicist at The Feminist Press to take a job in Seattle as Development and Communications Manager at Pomegranate Center; her debut short story collection Siblings and Other Disappointments was published by Ooligan Press on October 19, 2016

Kari Luna is the owner of For the Curious Ones, a creative branding agency, and the author of the YA fantasy novel The Theory of Everything (Philomel Books/Penguin, 2013)

Michael Heald is the owner of Perfect Day Publishing, writer at large for Runner’s World, and bartender at Lucky Lab. He is also the author of Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension (Perfect Day Publishing, 2012), a collection of personal essays

David Biespiel founded the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters in 1999 as an independent writing and creativity studio in Portland’s historic Hawthorne district. He is a poet, literary critic, columnist, and contributing writer at The Rumpus, Partisan, American Poetry Review, Politico, New Republic, Slate, Poetry, and The New York Times, among other publications. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently Charming Gardeners and The Book of Men and Women, which was chosen one of the Best Books of the Year by the Poetry Foundation. His books of essays include A Long High Whistle: Selected Columns on Poetry and a book on creativity, Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces. He has received two Oregon Book Awards, in poetry and general nonfiction, and is the editor of the Everyman’s Library edition of Poems of the American South. Recipient of Lannan, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner fellowships, he is a member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. He is also on the faculty at Oregon State University.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 @ 7:30pm
University Pointe Building, Room 102


Portland’s Publishing and Maker Communities

Portland, OR—Portland State University’s graduate program in Book Publishing is excited to announce the next installment of its Transmit Culture lecture series. Please join us for a panel discussion with Joe Biel, Charles Heying, Kelley Roy, and Rick Turoczy.

By engaging local entrepreneurs, publishers, and makers in conversation, we hope to unpack what it is about Portland’s suppliers and consumers that uniquely positions this city as a maker community. We will attempt to differentiate between the designations of maker-made, locally made, locally sourced, artisan, hand-crafted, artist-empowered, and local artist in order to determine the value of these buzzwords.

A small, innovative publishing house, Microcosm Publishing empowers readers to make positive changes in their lives and in the world around them. Microcosm emphasizes skill-building, showing hidden histories, and fostering creativity through challenging conventional publishing wisdom with books about DIY skills, food, gender, self-care, social justice, and art. Originally started as a record label by Joe Biel in his bedroom in 1996, the publishing house is now based in Portland. Microcosm constantly strives to be recognized for its spirit, creativity, and value.

Dissatisfied with passive consumption, many residents of Portland 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 urban development, Brew to Bikes is a book about everything from bike manufacturers to microbreweries, from do-it-yourself to traditional crafts. A treatise to local, ethical business practices, Brew to Bikes positions Portland as a hub of artisan ingenuity worthy of admiration.

ADX is a hub for collaboration where individuals and organizations make and learn. By sharing tools, knowledge, and experience, ADX helps makers do things better–by working together. Their makerspace, learning center, and custom fabrication shop allow anyone to bring their ideas to life. In their 14,000-square foot facility, high-profile designers work alongside students, retirees share their knowledge with novice builders, and entrepreneurs collaborate with hobbyists. Kelley Roy will represent Portland Made, a sister company to ADX, with a curated selection of wares for sale.

Begun as a conversation eight years ago, the Portland Incubator Experiment—commonly known as PIE—has become an ongoing collaboration between the startup community and Wieden+Kennedy, the largest privately held creative advertising agency in the world. Throughout its history, PIE has served as a curated coworking space, a community event space, a startup accelerator, a flashpoint for corporate innovation, and a home-away-from-home for startup types—and the startup curious—from around the world. It’s all part of Rick Turoczy’s ever-changing experiment created to test how startups, brands, and corporations can collaborate.

Scheduled for May 3, 2016, “Portland’s Publishing and Maker Communities in Conversation” 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.

May 3rd, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
University Pointe, Room 102


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