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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.

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    Redesigning Lincoln

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    Your relationship with a book begins with your first glimpse at its cover. The cover tells a story and affects your decision to pick up the book or keep on walking. Cover designs—colors, lettering, imagery—are carefully crafted to attract a specific audience and evoke a particular feeling when seen for the first time. From time . . . Read more »


    Advice from One Busy College Student to Another

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    Being a part of Ooligan Press has been an amazing experience for me, and working for the press on top of keeping up with my classes takes up the majority of my time. However, at Ooligan, professors and fellow students always encourage each other to go outside the press and classes to find practical job . . . Read more »


    Digital Design Choices for Ooligan Anthologies

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    In an Ooligan blog post last fall, I talked a little about how working with Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity has been a welcome challenge for the editing department. Working with a nonfiction anthology provides a host of new demands for editors—creating cohesiveness without sacrificing individuality, speaking consistently toward a . . . Read more »


    Graduate Book Publishing Programs in the United States

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    Almost two years ago when I called my parents to let them know I had applied to Portland State University’s Book Publishing program, their first question was, “Graduate degrees in book publishing exist? Is that really the best way to break into the publishing industry?” This is a very good question. After all, advanced degrees . . . Read more »


    Conversation with Ooligan Alum Cooper Lee Bombardier

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    I met Cooper Lee Bombardier in a nonfiction writing seminar at PSU, in the fall of 2011. At the time, Cooper was about halfway through the publishing program, I’d just begun the MFA in nonfiction writing, and I liked him right away for his honest and adventurous work, and for what I took to be . . . Read more »


    Networking Resources for Illustrators

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    In the world of publishing professionals, the graphic designer and the illustrator are finding that their skill set is being outsourced more and more often. Publishing houses are finding that they have access to a larger pool of potential talent than ever before through their online sources, and with the growing popularity of art-share sites . . . Read more »


    Mr. Wolverine, meet Citizen Kane: On the Origins of Corporate Book-to-Film Adaptations

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    As Ooligan Press gears up to launch its first academic journal, C47: A Film Journal, with the help of the PSU English department, some of us here at the press are thinking more thoroughly about the connection between publishing and cinema—and one of the first things that comes to mind is that elusive cash cow, . . . Read more »


    The World Outside of Publishing: Translating Skills from Ooligan to Elsewhere

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    Today at 1:00 p.m., I sat in Book Editing listening to a zealous defense of a comma resting innocently (or not so innocently) between two clauses. Were the clauses independent? Was the comma grammatically unnecessary but useful in improving clarity? There are moments like these in this program (even as I study to become an . . . Read more »



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