Ooligan Press

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

  • Poetry

    Ooligan Press is proud to be a publisher that values and appreciates contemporary poetry. We seek to publish prose and poetry that explores the environment around us and challenges us to view the Pacific Northwest through a variety of lenses. From poetry collections such as Alive at the Center, featuring a medley of local poets, to Dot-to-Dot, Oregon, a collection of traveling verse, each of our backlist titles features unique perspectives that create an extensive understanding of what it means to live, work, and be inspired by the region.


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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 »


    Alive at the Center

    Alive at the Center

    The Pacific Poetry Project’s first volume, Alive at the Center, aims to capture the thriving poetic atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest. It concentrates on the three major cities that define it—Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C. This anthology, compiled and edited by an outstanding poet from each city, is a cultural conversation among the unique urban . . . Read more »


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    Dot-to-Dot, Oregon

    Sid Miller explores seven routes from the coast to the mountains, from inner-city Portland to the Idaho border. Dot-to-Dot, Oregon, a collection of fifty poems, travels through the cities, towns, and monuments of Oregon. Using these locales as a background, three voices narrate the author’s loving but critical relationship with the state he calls home.


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    Killing George Washington

    Killing George Washington tells the story of the American frontier as it moves west. Anne Jennings Paris, in a collection of narrative poems, imagines the voices of the forgotten historical figures of Lewis Wetzel, a notorious Indian killer; York, the slave who accompanied Lewis and Clark; Charity Lamb, Oregon’s first convicted murderess; Ing Hay, a Chinese . . . Read more »


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    American Scream: Palindrome Apocalypse

    Utopia—we all want our own, but who pays for it and at what price? Croatian poet Dubravka Oraić Tolić’s delivers a masterful, thought-provoking answer with exquisite language and imagery in the epic poem American Scream. As Columbus’s dream of reaching India was interrupted by the discovery of a new land, we too discover unexpected lands in pursuit . . . Read more »



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