Transmit Culture: A Series of Conversations about Publishing
Transmit Culture is an ongoing series of lectures and conversations intended to illuminate the fascinating, ever-changing publishing industry. This series was created to provide students in the graduate program in Book Publishing, as well as the wider community both within and outside of PSU, with an opportunity to network and learn from leading publishing professionals. The series features a flexible format that might include a Q&A between two professionals, a lecture, or a panel discussion, though every event concludes with questions from the audience. Events in the series are offered on a quarterly basis, and they are always free and open to the public. Portland has an incredibly active literary community, and there are two or three literary events happening every night of the week. Yet there is surprisingly little discussion about book publishing at any of these events; Transmit Culture fills that gap.
Roosevelt High School Writing and Publishing Center
The Roosevelt High School Writing and Publishing Center is an innovative initiative designed to improve students’ writing skills and get them engaged in their own learning. The Publishing Center is home to Unique Ink, a student-staffed publishing house modeled on Ooligan Press. In 2013, Unique Ink published its first book, Where the Roses Smell the Best, an anthology of writing about Portland by new and established writers from the region. Faculty in the graduate program in Book Publishing serve on the Publishing Center Advisory Team, while graduate students serve as interns in the Roosevelt High School Writing and Publishing Center, where they teach the high school students there how to do whatever it is that needs to be done in order for Unique Ink to continue to operate as a publishing house.
Oregon Literary Map
The Oregon Literary Map is a work in progress resulting from the combined energies of representatives from the graduate program in Book Publishing, the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, the Oregon State Library, PSU’s Geography Department, and PSU’s Graduate School of Education. In October 2013, the project was informally launched at the Oregon Council of Teachers of English Fall Conference. The map is still in its beta stage, though rapid progress is being made toward the official launch of an online literary map of Oregon that can be freely accessed by anyone. The map’s target audience, however, consists of middle and high school English teachers and students who are interested in the work of Oregon authors.