Ooligan Press

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

  • Start to Finish

    Ooligan Press exists in two worlds: the world of independent presses, and the world of student presses. As an independent press, Ooligan strives to bring the stories of authors to the public, whether they are stories of imagination or stories of realities both everyday and incredible. As a student press, Ooligan has an obligation to another kind of author and another kind of story. The authors here are a group of motivated individuals and their story is one of collaboration and growth as they learn to operate in the world of publishing.

    Project Start to Finish is an initiative meant to combine these two worlds into one story—the story of each book published at Ooligan Press. By clicking on the titles below, you can view weekly updates from project managers on all of our current in-process titles, following their progress from “Start to Finish.” You can see how the press is involved in bringing an author’s work to life, and be present for every step—every twist and turn—in the incredible journey of a published work.

    Note: because the Start to Finish project began in Summer 2012, only works that were not published prior to that date are represented. You can read more about its creation and benefits on our blog. The project has also been featured in Publisher’s Weekly.

    Allison Green

    The Ghosts Who Travel With Me

    Why do we love the writers we do? As a teenager, Allison Green adored the works of Richard Brautigan, and looked through them as through a portal to the world of the Sixties she was born just too late to experience. As an adult, Allison’s love for Brautigan remained strong, but with some caveats and . . . Read more »

    Lynn Darroch


    Mastersounds is an upcoming non-fiction narrative about the jazz community and music in the Pacific Northwest that will examine places, people, and events that have made the cities like Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA, so popular with musicians. The book will also investigate what elements have helped to shape the specific community we have in . . . Read more »

    Untangling the Knot

    Untangling the Knot

    Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity delves past the mainstream focus on marriage equality—beyond the knot—to examine the broad scope of issues facing members of the LGBTQ community. The collection sheds light on what marriage equality actually means for queer communities. By confronting the concept of tradition through personal discourse, this . . . Read more »

    Cover art for: Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before

    Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before

    For the first time, I felt something different from the fear of high school shame. He wanted me dead. “One of these nights,” Pip said slowly, “you’re going to go out to your car, and I’m going to be there, and nobody in this whole state is going care. Triinu Hoffman has to face cruelties . . . Read more »

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