Ooligan Press

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


Ooligan Press is devoted to publishing engaging nonfiction stories about issues and communities particular to our region. These stories are directly emblematic of the Pacific Northwest experience, but also aim to emphasize their more universal human implications, aspects that resonate with readers everywhere.

Rhythm in the Rain

Rhythm in the Rain: Jazz in the Pacific Northwest

Rhythm in the Rain is a nonfiction narrative about the jazz community in the Pacific Northwest that examines the people, places, and events that have made cities like Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, so popular among musicians. From the genesis of Jackson Street and Williams Avenue in the 1940s & ’50s with such legends as . . . Read more »

The Ghosts Who Travel With Me

The Ghosts Who Travel With Me

When the flower children were flocking to Woodstock, Allison Green was in preschool. As a teenager, yearning for the counterculture movement she felt she just missed, she discovered the writing of Richard Brautigan, finding refuge in his visions of America and refusal to conform. Years later, however, she questions her attachment. Why would a lesbian . . . Read more »


Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity

“With marriage in the spotlight . . . who falls through the cracks?” Ariel Gore participates in a marriage equality demonstration as she struggles for footing in her divorce. Trish Bendix receives a painful reminder that legal recognition of gay marriage is only one step toward societal recognition of her own marriage. Emanuel Xavier pays . . . Read more »

Cover image for "The Wax Bullet War"

The Wax Bullet War

The day after September 11, 2001, Sean Davis—18 months out of uniform—strode into the Oregon National Guard’s recruiting office and reenlisted. An art school dropout slogging through the day-to-day monotony of a dead-end job, the attacks of 9/11 gave him a new sense of purpose and direction as a staff sergeant in Bravo Company. But . . . Read more »

Cover image for "Rethinking Paper & Ink"

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 »

Cover image for "Brew to Bikes"

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 »

Cover image for "Oregon Stories"

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 »

Cover image for "Classroom Publishing"

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 »

Cover image for "Cataclysms on the Columbia"

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 »

Cover image for "Speaking Out: Women War, and the Global Economy"

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 »

Cover image for "The Portland Red Guide, 2nd ed."

The Portland Red Guide

Ooligan Press is proud to release the second edition of Michael Munk’s The Portland Red Guide. This definitive guidebook, which includes maps and walking tours, artfully explores Portland, Oregon’s rich heritage of radical social dissent. Taking the reader beyond the common history book, Munk tells stories that many have forgotten, and links them to physical sites . . . Read more »

Cover image for "Oregon at Work"

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 »

Cover image for "Dreams of the West"

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 »

Cover image for "The Best Dancer"

The Best Dancer

Determined to live outside the confines of his disabled body, author Christoph Keller puts his life into perspective through wit and imagination. In this colorful memoir, Keller shows us that sometimes moments of great weakness can be moments of great happiness.At fourteen, Christoph Keller was diagnosed with a hereditary neuromuscular disorder called spinal muscular atrophy . . . Read more »

Ooligan Press