Ooligan Press

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How to: Publishing Workshop

Once every Fall, Winter, and Spring term

Register for the workshop here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmBPER0yaRA5woEZPZTlYmA7NQ1gA-K_Ml9zD2rT9-4JXvEQ/viewform?pli=1

This is a casual workshop hosted by Ooligan Press students that teaches underrepresented authors about the basics in publishing so that they can begin their writing careers on the right foot! We are a student-run press full of individuals who have been given the privilege and opportunity to learn information that is inaccessible to most. With this in mind, we would like to pay it forward by sharing our knowledge to those who have been traditionally underrepresented in the publishing industry. This workshop touches on query letters, proposals, pitches, and self-promotion.

Participant Reviews

“An excellent primer about entering publishing! Good support materials, and it’s nice to know I can contact someone for a follow-up!” — Cathleen, Writer

“This was a fantastic presentation and incredibly helpful for someone who’s coming with no experience and just starting to break into the industry. I sincerely thank you all so much for all your hard work and for paying it forward.” — Enikö, Writer

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Past Events

Where We Call Home . . . is a powerful meditation on the past, present, and possible future of this land, its inhabitants, and our own relationship with nature.”

— Lauren E. Oakes, author of In Search of the Canary Tree: The Story of a Scientist, a Cypress, and a Changing World


Tuesday, November 15, 2022
7:00 p.m.

Pearl Room
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209

We are thrilled to announce the launch of Josephine Woolington’s debut work on Tuesday, November 15! Author Josephine Woolington will be joined by Where We Call Home illustrator Ramon Shiloh and in conversation with Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts. Come join us for an evening at Powell’s City of Books where you’ll deepen your understanding of how humans and the land are interconnected and be inspired by the diverse array of flora and fauna that live right in our backyard.

From the gray whale to the western bumble bee, discover the flora and fauna that call the Pacific Northwest home—and the challenges they must face to endure.

Reconnect with the natural world through essays that blend science and prose. In her debut work, Josephine Woolington turns back the clock to review the events that have challenged Pacific Northwest wildlife in an effort to provide a deeper sense of place. Only then can we imagine how these imperious effects might be overcome.

Join Woolington as she sheds light on the diverse species whose populations are slowly declining from the lands, seas, and skies of the Pacific Northwest. Only by acknowledging this truth can we understand that our impact on the Earth is deeper and far more significant than we ever imagined. Through interviews with local educators, Indigenous leaders, scientists, and artists from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Haida Nation, the Yakama Nation, the Makah Tribe, and beyond, we are invited to decenter our singular perspective in favor of a more empathic, collective approach.

The flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest are resilient. As they adapt to a world far removed from its wonders, we must realize our own interconnectedness to nature and to one another. Woolington colors the rich history of the Pacific Northwest within the eye of its beholder so that society can learn to live intentionally in the land that sustains us all. From the coastal tailed frog to the sandhill crane, and the yellow-cedar to the camas flower, these stories reimagine what it means to live mindfully in the colorful region we call home.

Portland Book Festival 2022
The 2022 Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America, will return to its full footprint in the SW Park Blocks on November 5, 2022 with singularly curated author panels and pop-up readings at Portland Art Museum and surrounding venues Portland’5, Shemanski Park, First Congregational United Church of Christ, and The Old Church. Kids events make their return alongside the debut of Portland Book Festival Cover to Cover, a week of neighborhood literary events leading up to and following the festival day. Also new in 2022, a limited number of specially priced festival passes (including the all-access Umbrella Pass) grant early entry to a Friday Night Book Market in the exhibitor fair before the festival on Saturday. All regularly priced festival passes include a $5 book fair voucher.
Come visit Ooligan Press at the Kridel Grand Ballroom where you can purchase our books, chat with Oolies about the Book Publishing program, and maybe even get your books signed by one of our authors!

“A true celebration of Filipino-American life … Tanamor’s book will dance its way into readers’ hearts.” — Erin Entrada Kelly, NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author of HELLO UNIVERSE, winner of the 2018 Newbery Medal

VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION                                                    Jason Tanamor in conversation with Tracy Badua

May 10, 2022   5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

No registration is needed: Here is the link: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/83906843150


We are excited to announce Jason Tanamor in conversation with Tracy Badua, author of FREDDIE VS. THE FAMILY CURSE. Come celebrate Filipino fiction and support Fil-Am authors during these exciting releases. Join us virtually for the first portion of the event. If you are in the Portland area, join us in person for the after-party at Portland State University in the Fariborz Maseeh Hall (FMH) building, room 204 at 6:00 p.m.

Jason Tanamor’s debut YA title, LOVE, DANCE & EGG ROLLS, places Filipino culture and folk dancing front and center in a high school drama about finding identity during racial tensions in America.

Jamie Santiago loves dancing Tinikling, a Filipino tradition that he doesn’t always share with his white friends and classmates. It’s hard enough balancing the demands of high school life, but with rising protests in Portland and a racist bully making his life miserable, Jamie can’t help but hide his Filipino side altogether. When Jamie finds out that the last ever Asian Folk Festival falls on the same day as Homecoming, he must decide whether his girlfriend and best friends are more important than his love of dancing. Filipino tradition can take a back seat, or can it?

Mark your calendars for an event you won’t want to miss. Mabuhay!

“When a collective silence is broken, thunder. “Short, Vigorous Roots” is beautiful, necessary thunder. A collection that takes and gives breath.” — Junot Díaz, author of “Drown,” “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and “This Is How You Lose Her”


March 1, 2022
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM (PST)
Zoom link    https://pdx.zoom.us/j/84787966870

SHORT, VIGOROUS ROOTS by co-editors Mark Budman and Susan O’Neill blurs the line between imagination and reality, showcasing 40 poignant pieces by first- and second-generation immigrant authors. 

Join Ooligan Press and The BOOKtique for a virtual celebration of the launch of the book. The event will include a feature presentation showcasing author readings and reflections from contributing authors A. Molotkov, Nancy Au, Nina Kossman, and many more. A Q&A session with the editors will wrap up the evening.

Mark your calendars, and plan to sip on your favorite cold-weather drink as we gather to celebrate the humanity of this group of creators and launch this important new book into the world. You won’t want to miss it!

FROM KNOWLEDGE TO POWER: The Comprehensive Handbook for Climate Science and Advocacy

“A one-stop shop for anyone who wants to understand the fine details of climate science, past and future energy sources, and U.S. policies and political action to address the climate crisis.” -Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Horn Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair, Texas Tech University

Join Ooligan Press for our FROM KNOWLEDGE TO POWER book launch! It will be held at the LuckyLab in Quimby Hall on November 30, 2021 at 6pm. This event will also be streamed virtually 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 824 7845 7576

Check out our social media pages @ooliganpress for more updates and other details about the book launch

Portland Book Festival

This year’s Portland Book Festival will present virtual programming, brought to you by Bank of America, the week of November 8–12, 2021, and in-person events on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Portland Art Museum and Portland’5, as well as virtual and in-person writing workshops at our downtown Literary Arts space.