New Acquisition: Untitled Memoir by Rosa del Duca

Ooligan Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of an untitled memoir from Rosa del Duca. In 1999, Rosa del Duca joined the National Guard. It was her opportunity to make something more of her life, but as her unease over the military’s role reaches a boiling point with the attacks on 9/11, Rosa comes to the realization that she is a conscientious objector. She must now decide how far she is willing to go to stand up for what she believes in—and what she is willing to sacrifice in return. We are excited to be able to work with del Duca on her first full-length literary work.

Rosa del Duca is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, journalist, and musician. While she enjoys paying the bills by writing and producing at NBC Bay Area, her passions are creative writing and music. She earned her MFA at Saint Mary’s College of California, graduating in 2010. Her work has been published in Cutbank, CALYX, Grain, River Teeth, Umbrella Factory, and Mission at Tenth. In addition to the memoir, she is completing final revisions to her first novel, which centers on a television reporter who is suddenly moved from the “fluff beat” to a disturbing kidnapping case in California’s Central Valley. In June of 2013, she completed a six-month fellowship at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. She regularly performs solo or with her folk pop band, Hunters.

Emily Hagenburger and her team will be manning the helm on this project. Be sure to follow their progress on the Ooligan blog!

New Acquisition: Three Sides Water

Ooligan Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of Three Sides Water from award-winning author Peter Donahue. Three Sides Water is a trilogy of short novels all set on the Olympic Peninsula in three different time periods. We are excited to work with Donahue on these stories, which have been five years in the making.

Peter Donahue is the author of the novels Clara and Merritt (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2010) and Madison House (Hawthorne Books, 2005) as well as the short story collection The Cornelius Arms (Missing Spoke Press, 2000). Madison House won the 2005 Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction.

He has also coedited two literary anthologies with John Trombold, Reading Seattle and Reading Portland, both published by the University of Washington Press. In Fall 2015, he published an abridged and annotated version of Seven Years on the Pacific Slope (Shafer Historical Museum) with coeditor Sheela McLean, a memoir by Mrs. Hugh Fraser about life in the Methow Valley between 1905 and 1912.

Since 2005, he has written the “Retrospective Review” column for Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History, published by the Washington State Historical Society. His many short stories and critical articles have appeared in such literary and scholarly journals as Connecticut Review, The South Carolina Review, Interim, Washington Square, Chiron Review, The Southern Quarterly, The Midwest Quarterly, and Writing on the Edge.

Michele Ford and her team will be working on this project, so look for their updates in the future!

The Pilgrimage Begins

This summer, there’s exciting news for all of us here at Ooligan: we recently acquired a fantastic memoir by Allison Green that deals with youth, growth, travel, sexuality, literature, and trout.

The story hinges on a roadtrip Allison took through Idaho to retrace (roughly) the route taken by Richard Brautigan, his wife, and his daughter that he describes in his 1967 novel Trout Fishing in America. As Allison and her partner, Arline, drive east toward the Sawtooth Mountains, her story expands outward and backward, exploring her own past and family history as well as Brautigan’s life and the women—largely silent in his works—who occupied it. Allison’s story is about looking at the past with the knowledge of the present. It is about reconciling the desire to worship our heroes and the need to admit their imperfections. It’s a reflection on the urge that we, the living, feel to find real evidence of the people that have made us who we are—the ancestors we barely knew, the writers who changed the way we thought—and the sort of holiness that we assign the places they visited, the objects they touched.

Although we’ve only been working on this manuscript for a short time, I have to admit that I am completely in love with it. I hope that you will be, too.