Honoring the founding director of both the graduate program in Book Publishing and its student-staffed publishing house, Ooligan Press, the Dennis Stovall First Edition Award is given once a year to the student who best exemplifies the publishing program’s mission. In particular, the panel of experts judging student applications for the Dennis Stovall First Edition Award look for evidence that the student has both breadth and depth in his or her publishing education. The award is bestowed in the English Department’s high-profile end-of-year Nina Mae Kellogg Awards ceremony.
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Dennis Stovall First Edition Award Winners
2017: Leigh Thomas
Ooligan offered the immersive academic experience I was after. By zooming in on each part of a book’s life cycle, I was able to bolster my behind-the-scenes knowledge of publishing while also leaning into my primary interests and following their lead. My experience as the student design lead opened up a unique way to combine a love for books and the arts with a practical direction for the world outside of Ooligan. The recognition that comes with this award is mutual; I’m incredibly grateful for the support system that came with being a part of this program.
– Leigh Thomas
2016: Dory Athey
I am in outrageously good company in this program, surrounded by brilliant peers and exceptional mentors. I’m humbled and honored to accept this award celebrating the work I’ve done, which I know is a direct result of being in that good company. Receiving the award encourages me to keep pursuing work that feeds me and celebrates the collaborative process of book publishing.
– Dory Athey
2015: Stephanie Podmore
I am tremendously honored to be this year’s Dennis Stovall First Edition Award winner. This high achievement, which acknowledges my commitment and hard work, encourages me to continue doing the things I enjoy most. Knowing the immense talent and quality work that comes out of this program makes this award mean that much more to me.
2014: Sarah Currin-Moles
My time in the Book Publishing program was easily the most rewarding educational experience I’ve ever had. The program’s unique combination of scholarship and practical experience gave me a broad set of publishing skills that allows me to move fluidly between different areas of the industry and create an exciting and multifaceted career for myself. I’m so grateful for my time in Ooligan Press and the lessons I’ve learned from the program’s experienced teachers; their knowledge and dedication form the foundation on which the success of their students is built.
Having been given this distinguished award is a crowning achievement of my graduate studies. It both acknowledges the quality of my work and helps communicate my abilities and my level of commitment to the professional world. I’m flattered to have my work recognized by the English Department and the university; being a part of the legacy of the Book Publishing program and of the Kellogg Awards themselves is a great honor.
2013: Olivia Croom
The Book Publishing program provided a solid platform that allowed me to pursue my goals and develop my individual interests. The classes taught by industry professionals, the experience I gained as project manager for Ooligan Press, and the internships I pursued in Portland’s small press industry gave me both an academic and real-world understanding of marketing, sales, graphic design, editing, and writing—an unusual combination of skills that allowed me to jump into the business world and secure full-time work upon graduation.
To have my graduate work singled out and recognized for the inaugural Dennis Stovall First Edition Award is a tremendous honor that has allowed me to stay involved in the area of publishing that I love the most: book design for small presses. Recognition of outstanding graduate work has significant practical potential; it tells people outside the academic world about the recipient’s work ethic and dedication. It is a huge step forward for the Book Publishing program to have such an accolade to give, and I hope to see it continue.