Book Publishing at PSU

  • Faculty

    Per Henningsgaard • Kathi Inman Berens • Abbey Gaterud • Michael Clark • John Henley • Kelley R. Dodd • Amanda Gomm • Adam O’Connor Rodriguez • Charles Seluzicki • Kent Watson • Kathryn Juergens • Rosanne Parry • DongWon Song •

    Per Henningsgaard

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    Per Henningsgaard is the Director of the graduate program in Book Publishing at Portland State University. While living in New York City and working in the editorial department of a multinational publishing house, he was awarded a Fulbright Grant on the basis of a proposal to study book publishing and regional literature in Australia. A planned twelve-month stay was extended when he was offered a scholarship to enroll in a graduate program and continue his research on the subject of publishing. Per received his Ph.D. in 2009 from The University of Western Australia. He returned to the United States later that same year in order to take a job as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, where he directed a student-staffed publishing house, Cornerstone Press. In 2012, Per joined the faculty at Portland State University as Assistant Professor of English and Director of Publishing.

    Courses: Book Editing, Copyediting, Editorial Theory, Researching Book Publishing, Introduction to Book Publishing, and Book Publishing for Writers

    Kathi Inman Berens

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    Kathi Inman Berens, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Publishing in Portland State University’s Department of English, advises and teaches classes in PSU’s graduate program in Book Publishing. In 2014–15, she was the Fulbright Scholar of Digital Culture at the University in Bergen, Norway. She makes, curates, and researches electronic literature. Shows she curated at the Library of Congress and elsewhere have been reviewed in The Huffington Post and academic journals. Expertise in transmedia storytelling and branding grew out of her work at the University of Southern California (USC), where she taught at the Annenberg School of Communication and was a research fellow at Annenberg’s Innovation Lab. She taught writing for nine years in USC’s Writing Program. She has published with Bloomsbury Press and in Literary and Linguistic Computing, Hyperrhiz, Hybrid Pedagogy, L.A. Review of Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other venues.

    Courses: Concepts in Digital Publishing, Transmedia Marketing for Publishers, Digital Skills, Digital Genres, and Book Publishing for Writers

    Abbey Gaterud

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    After Abbey graduated in 2007 with her Master’s degree in Writing with a specialization in Book Publishing, she returned to Portland State University’s graduate program in Book Publishing, becoming indispensable to students as a mentor, ally, and the high guru of production schedules. Abbey is the Publisher of Ooligan Press and oversees its operations, in addition to teaching courses in design. In 2015, Publishers Weekly named her a Star Watch Honoree. She recently launched Blueroad Press with her father.

    Courses: Introduction to Book Publishing, Book Design Software, Publishing Studio and Publishing Lab, Book Publishing for Writers, Advanced InDesign, and Typography, Layout, and Production

    Michael Clark

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    Michael Clark is Associate Professor of English and the Coordinator for the Minor in Film Studies at PSU, while also serving as Director of the Portland Center for Public Humanities. His background is in twentieth-century literature, philosophy, and literary theory. He received his doctorate in comparative literature from the State University of New York, Binghamton. Michael Clark is also a lawyer, holding a J.D. from the University of Oregon, and specializes in intellectual property law.

    Courses: Intellectual Property and Copyright

    John Henley

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    John Henley is a well-known bookseller in the Pacific Northwest. As one of the earliest managers at Powell’s Bookstore, he developed the new books department in the late 1970s. He was also in charge of the rare books department. He has hand-sold books, sold books through catalogues, and sold books online. He has experience in small publishing ventures and is a published author of a novel and articles on bibliography. He was the manager for the Great Northwest Bookstore from 1990 to 2009. He taught the Bookselling course from 2001 to 2010 and has been with the graduate program in Book Publishing from its inception. He now teaches an intensive survey course, The Popular Book in the United States, designed to sharpen the skills of acquisitions editors. John has studied this subject since getting into the book business in the late 1960s. He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of Books and Manuscripts in the American Society of Appraisers.

    Courses: The Popular Book in the United States

    Kelley R. Dodd

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    Kelley R. Dodd teaches Book Design Software. She is a print specialist and freelance designer, having worked in the print and publishing industries for more than twenty years. Kelley is the graphic designer for the bimonthly magazine The Solutions Journal: For a Sustainable and Desirable Future and is working on the second book in the Cycling Sojourner series, Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours in Washington. Her experience in graphic arts includes logo design, branding, product packaging, document design, and illustration. She received a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in Writing with a specialization in Book Publishing from Portland State University. During her graduate studies, Kelley designed various projects for Ooligan Press, including the interior and cover for Oregon at Work: 1859–2009, the covers for Classroom Publishing: A Practical Guide for Teachers, Killing George Washington: The American West in Five Voices, and Rethinking Paper and Ink: The Sustainable Publishing Revolution (1st edition) as well as the Open Book logo. Kelley has been interviewed on the Ooligan Press blog.

    Courses: Book Design Software

    Amanda Gomm

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    Book Publishing program alum Amanda Gomm is Seattle-born, techy, a book nerd, and a perfectionist. A lifelong obsession with art, marketing statistics, and digital trends led her to realize the potential for ebooks to entertain and inspire readers instead of annoying and frustrating them in the way they often do. Partnering with design-savvy tech guru Tom McCluskey, Amanda co-founded Digital Bindery to solve digital publishing problems with particular attention to the artisan aesthetic. Amanda has been interviewed on the Ooligan Press blog.

    Courses: Ebook Production

    Adam O’Connor Rodriguez

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    Adam O’Connor Rodriguez is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His fiction, poetry, and interviews appear widely. A graduate of Eastern Washington University’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing program, he has served in editorial leadership roles for various literary journals and now works as Senior Editor of Hawthorne Books. Recent projects include Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead by Frank Meeink and Jody M. Roy, Aftermath by Oregon Book Award-winner Scott Nadelson, and A Very Minor Prophet by James Bernard Frost. Adam has been interviewed on the Ooligan Press blog.

    Courses: Book Editing and Developmental Editing

    Charles Seluzicki

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    Charles Seluzicki has been an antiquarian bookseller since the mid-1970s. He is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). His many book-related interests include specialties in poetry and modern literature, history of ideas, and fine and small press publishing. The latter interest resulted in many commissions of fine letterpress editions of notable contemporaries such as Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Czeslaw Milosz, Charles Simic, Louise Gluck, and John Ashbery, among others. His interest in publishing also resulted in Trace Editions, an experiment in quality offset editions, and, more recently, Editions Plane, which he edits with James Yeary. He has acted as the agent for the sale of literary archives and/or the libraries of W. D. Snodgrass, Malcolm Cowley, Mark Strand, Thomas Kinsella, and others. He has appraised and consulted on the disposition of the literary papers of Tess Gallagher, Raymond Carver, Anthony Hecht, and Katherine Dunn.

    As a contributing editor to Fine Print, Charles authored many reviews of fine letterpress editions. He also contributed reviews, occasional essays and bibliographical checklists to Bookways, Horns of Plenty: Malcolm Cowley and His Generation, American Book Collector, and The Oregonian. He has lectured at Scripps College (Goudy Lecture), Portland State University, and Reed College, and participated in a number of programs produced by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission.

    His course, Archeology of the Book, draws on nearly forty years of experience with rare books and special collections in libraries throughout the United States and Europe.

    Courses: Archaeology of the Book

    Kent Watson

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    Kent Watson teaches the Business of Book Publishing course and has more than twenty years of highly successful global experience in the trade, textbook, periodical, and distribution businesses. He began his career at the Tattered Cover Bookstore as the newsstand buyer. From there, he joined Ingram Periodicals as Field Sales Manager covering international and national key accounts. Kent then went on to join notable publishing houses Houghton Mifflin and Timber Press (now a division of Workman). Kent also propelled the launch of Academic Internet Publishers, Inc., a venture e-commerce start-up for the higher education market. Kent’s broad expertise in sales and marketing has driven the prosperity of the aforementioned organizations. His unique background covers all aspects of the book industry: publishing, wholesale, retail, libraries, and academic institutions. In 2006, Kent joined the Publishers Association of the West, which is the premier professional development association for independent publishers. In 2007, he spearheaded their membership drive, doubling their ad sales for the association directory. Kent is now the Executive Director of the renamed PubWest.

    Courses: The Business of Book Publishing

    Kathryn Juergens

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    Kathryn Juergens is the Director of Marketing and Publicity at Timber Press, a Portland-based publisher owned by Workman Publishing. The aim of Timber Press is to share the wonders of the natural world by publishing books in the fields of gardening, horticulture, and natural history. Kathryn has a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and graduated from Portland State University in 2005 with a Master’s degree in Writing with a specialization in Book Publishing.

    Courses: Book Marketing

    Rosanne Parry

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    Rosanne Parry is the author of four award-winning novels for young readers. She holds an honors degree in education from Gonzaga University where she specialized in reading instruction. She has taught in public schools and with Saturday Academy and online at the Loft Literary Center. She is a frequent visiting author in schools across the country, a regular presenter at the Willamette Writers Conference, and a volunteer in her local school library. She is on the board of the Oregon Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has founded the League of Exceptional Writers, a free mentoring program for young avid writers and artists which she coordinates in partnership with the Oregon SCBWI and Powell’s. Rosanne is a bookseller at Annie Bloom’s Books. She has raised a houseful of avid readers and is a frequent advocate for literacy and school libraries. Her books are The Turn of the Tide, Written in Stone, Second Fiddle, and Heart of a Shepherd.

    Courses: Publishing for Young Adults and Children's Book Publishing

    DongWon Song

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    DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction, fantasy, YA, science, food, and pop-culture. Previously, he was an editor with Orbit where he launched multiple New York Times bestselling series including Feed by Mira Grant and The Expanse by James S. A. Corey. He has also worked as a digital bookseller for ebook startup Zola Books where he was the head of product for the ecommerce and ebook apps. He is a graduate of Duke University.

    Courses: Book Editing


    Book Publishing at PSU