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I joined the book publishing program at Portland State University in the fall of 2013, searching for a way to build on an undergraduate degree in creative writing and also make use of my design background.

About the Program

The book publishing program at PSU teaches graduate students proficiency in all areas of publishing. The program includes a student-run publishing house, Ooligan Press, that offers students a chance to experience all aspects of the publishing process in a real-world, hands-on environment. All students are required to take eight credits of Publishing Studio or Lab, where they work on acquiring, editing, designing, and marketing books for Ooligan Press.

Throughout the program, students are taught a wide range of skills to prepare them for careers in many different jobs, including, but not limited to, those in the publishing industry. Each of the pages below includes a list of the skills I acquired in the process of achieving my graduate degree, as well as a selection of projects completed over the course of the program.

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Design

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Marketing

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Editing

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Grant Writing

*Special thanks to the professors and adjunct instructors who helped me succeed in the last year and a half, including Abbey Gaterud, Per Henningsgaard, Adam O’Connor Rodriguez, Meg Storey, Kent Watson, Vinnie Kinsella, Tracy Dillon, Rhonda Hughes, and Fiona Kenshole, as well as my fellow book publishing students.