Staff and Board
Seasoned Nonprofit Professional and Arts Advocate
Pollyanne has a long and remarkable history with the Center, as a volunteer, Board member, Board Chairperson, Development and Community Resource Coordinator, Managing Director, and, beginning mid-2014, as the Director.
Ms. Birge holds a Master's Degree in Non Profit Management from Portland State University. Previous to IPRC, she worked for five years as the Arts and Culture Outreach and Policy Coordinator for Commissioner, then Mayor, Sam Adams. In that role she helped initiate the Creative Advocacy Network, RACC's Art Spark outreach program and the RACC Public Murals process and several other policy related initiatives. Another major component to her work was curating and managing monthly art shows and seasonal music concerts at City Hall. These events were unique and completely community driven, and acted as both a place to highlight the regional art community, as well as educate on matters of local government and public policy. An avid supporter of Oregon’s nonprofit creative community, she also serves on the board of Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Know Your City, and has formerly served for Stumptown Comics, Inc., and the PDX Bridge Festival.
Program Director A.M. O'Malley has been writing and publishing since 1994.
She has been published in Ploughshares, New Moon Magazine, Ontologica, The Newer York, Poor Claudia, Phenome, UnShod Quills, The Burnside Review and The Portland Review. She recently completed a book of Memoir-Prose Poems entitled "A Winnowing".
Ms. O'Malley teaches creative writing at the Columbia River Correctional Institution and at Portland Community College. She is a co-founder, with Justin Hocking, of the IPRC's Certificate Program, and also teaches in the Fiction/Nonfiction section of the Program.
Certificate Program Chairperson
Writer and Co-founder of the IPRC's Certificate Program in Creative Writing and Independent Publishing.
Justin holds an MFA in creative writing from Colorado State University, where he also taught as an instructor of writing and literature. Before joining the IPRC staff, he worked in the New York City publishing industry.
He is the author of numerous zines and thirteen books, including Life and Limb (Editor, Soft Skull Press 2004) and Beach 90th (Swift Season Press 2009). His writing has also appeared in The Rumpus, Thrasher, Open City, the Portland Noir Anthology, Concrete Wave, Travel Oregon, The Normal School, Foulweather and others. His memoir,The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, was published by Graywolf Press in early 2014. He is a recipient of the Willamette Writers' Humanitarian Award for his work in publishing, writing and teaching, and was also named one of the "Ten Writers Who Made Portland" by Willamette Week.
Development and Community Resource Coordinator
Jeff holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, an M.A. from Portland State University and a B.A. from the University of Nevada. He loves gummy worms.
Jeff Alessandrelli’s first full-length collection of poetry is the recently published THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST (Burnside Review Press, 2014). He is also the author of the little book Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna Press) and three chapbooks, including Don't Let Me Forget To Feed The Sharks (Poor Claudia). His poetry, short fiction and critical essays have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Salt Hill, Gulf Coast and Boston Review, amongothers. The name of Jeff’s dog is Beckett Long Snout. The name of Jeff’s chapbook press is Dikembe Press. In addition to being the IPRC’s Development and Community Resource Coordinator, he also co-coordinates LitHop, Portland’s first and best literary pub crawl. He previouslyalso worked as an Author Team Coordinator at Wordstock, the Pacific Northwest’s largest literary festival.
Bicycles, trains & economics.
Lillian Karabaic had her life saved by zines in high school, and still publishes Nebulous Zine when the mood strikes. She's been volunteering as open hours staff member and outreach volunteer since 2008, and has taken over the zine library, focusing on creating new technology to move the zine library into the future. Prior to moving to Portland to live out her dream of volunteering for the IPRC, she helped found the now-defunct Queen City Zine Library. She's been working on a zine about federal transportation funding for four years. She swears it will be done soon.
Zine of the Month Coordinator
Born and raised in Houston, Texas. Educated in Bennington, Vermont. Currently residing in Portland, Oregon.
Mary writes freelance poetry, short-stories, and editorial articles. She also copy-edits on the side. In her free time she likes to read cheesy young adult novels, watch anime, play PC games, and chill out with her caliby cat named Baby.
Kevin M. Fitzpatrick
Web Site Coordinator
Full time illustrator, musician, web designer & developer.
Kevin Fitzpatrick has been creating web design artwork since 2000, spending his free time illustrating, traveling, making zines and playing music. He came to the IPRC as an Outreach Volunteer and member in 2008, morphing into a Comics Certificate student in 2010, then became the Web Site coordinator in 2011. As Web Librarian, Kevin is charged with keeping the place in order, fending off hooligans and making the IPRC available to the masses.
Senior IT Consultant
Apple Macintosh consultancy and comic artist.
Corin See has been an Apple-centric IT consultant for more than a decade-and-a-half. He also writes and draws comics. His father's family hails from Mt Hood, and his many cousins and relatives still infest the region. After years in NYC, he's returned to the landscape he loves. He is a graduate of the IPRC Comics Certificate Program and is working on a graphic account of a climbing accident and rescue in 1962 on Mt. Hood's north side. Find him at www.corinsee.com and at his company, Red C Solutions.
Open Hours Staff
Alex Wrekk has been volunteering at the IPRC since 2003. She has been involved with independent publishing for over a decade and has published her zine, Brainscan, since 1997 as well as many other projects along the way. Alex runs Small World Buttons and enjoys creative re-use and a good beer.
Alleson Goldfinger is a designer and a baker and a designer of baked goods. She collects spray paint colors, cassette tapes, and random adventures.
Blue Crow has lived in Portland for over 6 years and is an editor of Stumptown Underground. You also may know her from the Portland Zine Symposium and the Stumptown Comics Festival. Blue volunteers on Mondays and regularly offers fruit to those in the workroom.
During the (week) day, Brian Stimson likes to play journalist to help pay the bills. Heâ€™s a staff writer for Portlandâ€™s African American weekly, The Skanner News, and has won several national awards for his reporting. Heâ€™s just that awesome. By night, he is a sometimes comic artist and writer who recently self-published â€œNear Misses: How the 38th President Nearly Became Relevantâ€ along with two other artists. Heâ€™s currently working on an untitled science fiction comic and (occasionally) web publishes funnies under the name Stim Brimley. When heâ€™s not drawing, Stimson enjoys downhill skiing, playing video/board games and dressing in suits to intimidate everyone around him. But donâ€™t worry, heâ€™ll troubleshoot any computer-related problem with optimistic gusto.
Chiara Caballero hails from Tucson, Arizona where arid heat causes one to partake almost guiltlessly in “manana syndrome.” Although that may be the case, she self-published her art and comics mag, Ornithopter, for five years sending it to bookstores and distributors in other states and tabling at comic book conventions like the San Diego Comic Con and Ape Con in San Francisco. One of the highlights of self-publishing came when Ornithopter was placed in the Bud Plant Comic Art catalog. She started volunteering at the IPRC in February of this year (2008) and loves it.
Cynthia Rodriguez is a printmaker and avid supporter of self-publication.
Delphine Bedient started volunteering at the IPRC in 2009 and now coordinates the Zine of the Month Club. She has been publishing her zine, Peep, since 2008. When she is not at the IPRC she busses tables at a restaurant, reads books in bars, and takes lots of walks. She likes writing in cursive, wearing sunglasses, and listening to cassette tapes. http://mademoiselledelphine.blogspot.com
Judson Wood is a skateboarding adventurer.
Lillian Karabaic had her life saved by zines in high school, and still publishes Nebulous Zine and AnomaLily. Prior to moving to Portland to live out her dream of volunteering for the IPRC, she helped found the now-defunct Queen City Zine Library. She likes bicycles so much that she gets paid to talk about how great they are.
Morgan Reese was recently laid off from the best independent bookstore ever, and is now dabbling in tooth ceramics. Hobbies include taking photos in a rabid frothy kind of a way, reading kid lit, pretending to read more highbrow things, and cooking creative cuisine called “what’s left in the fridge?”. Notorious for having a loud cackling laugh, knowing random movie trivia, and “making it up as [she] go[es] along”.
Patrick Devine has been volunteering at the IPRC since 2006 and hosts Comics & Coffee group. He still manages to find time to staff Tuesday Open Hours and self-publish mini-comics. What sort of mischief will he find next?
Remy Jewell began volunteering at the IPRC in the gloriously warm days of summer 2010. She is also a current student in the IPRC certificate program. While at the IPRC she enjoys letterpressing, reading the writing of her brilliant classmates, and helping members fix the printer. While not at the IPRC, she enjoys cooking large meals, going to the library, and buying vintage dresses.
Sarah Mirk is a writer and cartoonist who works as a freelancer for the Portland Mercury.
Instructors and Volunteers
B.T. Livermore is a freelance illustrator, printmaker, and self-published comics artist. As much as he loves creating content for the inside of his books, he probably enjoys the final process of assembling each book even more. His illustrations appear regularly in the Portland Mercury and his comic series “The Life and Times of Baby Otto Zeplin,” as well as his other books, are always available at Reading Frenzy. If you’d like to learn more about BT, or contact him directly, please feel free to do so through his blog at www.radrobot.org.
Dan Hack has been around the IPRC since the very earliest days, teaching mimeograph and other awesomely archaic printing methods. He is a mining engineer and the creator of the serialized novel “The Faithful.”
Iris Porter returns back to Portland from Nova Scotia to teach us what she’s learned about self-publishing and print arts. She has self published DIYinPDX and DIYinHFX, two books documenting the do-it-yourselfers of Portland and Halifax. Fun fact: she also letterpress printed for the first time at the IPRC back in 2001.
Jen Kovach is an art school drop out turned community art organizer. She first learned screen printing at E.C.I.A.D in Vancouver, BC in the early 90′s and continued her studies later in the Advanced Textile Program at Capilano College.She has since spearheaded and participated in many community art projects and festivals such as The Seamripper Craft Collective, Gaylord, Signal & Noise and Under The Volcano. She is currently a screen print instructor at the I.P.R.C. in Portland, OR
Katy Meegan is a volunteer at the IPRC. She studied and worked at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, honing her skills in bookbinding, papermaking and printmaking. She is also a cofounder of TUP zine and KeeganMeegan press and bindery.
Keegan Wenkman is the founder of www.onefootinfront.com, and a weekly volunteer at the IPRC. He is also a cofounder of TUP zine and KeeganMeegan press and bindery.
Kohel Haver is a lawyer and arts advocate specializing in copyright and publishing law. He is also proud to be among the founders of the IPRC and is a Zine author.
Mette Hornung Rankin, a half Dane, is a graphic designer by day and sleeper by night, with a penchant for pickled herring. Formally trained in all things print and informally entranced by all things design.
Mia Nolting was born in Tokyo in 1983 and raised in Californina. She works as a freelance illustrator out of Portland, Oregon. Check out her work at www.mianolting.com
Moe Bowstern has been a member of the IPRC since its founding. The editor of Xtra Tuf zine, she is the 2007 winner of the Lilla Jewel Award for Xtra Tuf #5; the Strike Issue
Philip Cheaney has been involved with the IPRC since the spring of 2005 and is a weekly volunteer in the print shop. When not at the IPRC he tries to manage a small avalanche of personal and community projects (www.kitchensinkpdx.com) and rides his bike.
Polly Bresnick was an assistant editor and Spanish/English translator for McSweeney’s most recent Voice of Witness book, Underground America. Her poetry has been published in Sui Generis and Verse Noire, and she is currently seeking a publisher for a collection of folklore and poetry for children. She also loves to needlepoint.
Rebecca Gilbert is a founding member of the IPRC and a weekly volunteer in the print shop. She is also a worker-owner at Stumptown Printers, a small offset and letterpress shop in Portland, Oregon. Rebecca studied graphic design and book arts at PNCA & OCAC and creates the zine Napcore.
Marilyn Zornado is author of “Adventures in Penland” and co-proprietor of Fremont Garden Press. She has taught bookbinding and calligraphy at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Sarah Wiebenson, CPA (inactive), (Treasurer) is the Fixed Asset Accountant for Portland State University. When she's not crunching numbers, she tap dances, eats vegan food, plays a variety of musical instruments, and makes things out of fused glass.
Steph Routh (Co-Chair) is a graduate of the IPRC's Fiction / Creative Nonfiction Certificate program. She is the Mayor of Hopscotch Town, a consulting and small publishing firm that inspires and celebrates fun, lovable places for everyone. Her recent book publication is "How to Move by Bike." Steph was the first Executive Director of Oregon Walks and has a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector. Steph is married to her bicycle and an aunt of two.
Lisa Marshall (Vice Chair) is the Communications Manager at Raphael House of Portland by day and a graphic designer by night. She has a degree in English Lit from Lewis & Clark and in 2011 she graduated from the poetry track of the IPRC's Certificate Program.
Ben Kates (Secretary) is a professional educator and an experimental musician. Along with the IPRC, he volunteers with the Creative Music Guild.
Montea Robinson has a BFA in Experimental Film Production from the Conservatory Of Theater Arts and Film at SUNY Purchase. She currently works in the Content Services Department at Wieden + Kennedy, and as an assistant instructor with the Caldera Arts Program in film and creative writing.
Montea is a student in the fiction/nonfiction certificate program at the IPRC, and is in the process of self publishing a collection of creative nonfiction essays about migration, growing up in Harlem and moving to Portland.
Gigi Rosenberg is an author and presentation coach to artists and other creative business people. She’s been a guest commentator on Oregon Public Radio, performed at Seattle’s On the Boards, and been published by Poets & Writers, Seal Press, and Parenting. She’s a 2014 Jack Straw Writer and the author of The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing (Watson-Guptill, 2010). Her current project is: How I Lost My Inheritance: A Mother/Daughter Memoir. For the latest, visit gigirosenberg.com.
Loren McRory jumpstarted her 2nd childhood with an IPRC poetry certificate. With a MA in English Lit from Univ of Hawaii and 2 bits, she was able to get lots of meaningless work in Toronto's publishing industry before bailing to work in an underground bookstore only to, relunctantly, rejoin the "real world" for a MLS (Masters in Library Science.) Loren worked as a library director in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania and more recently California before relocating to Portland where she continues to explore her love of all things related to books, reading and writing from book arts, blogging (readersanonymous.blogspot.com), to publishing (lorecroft press). Loren is at the IPRC every Friday minding the amazing bindfast machine.
Dawn Andreas is a Project Manager at Blackbox Industries and an avid surfer. As of 2010 she’ll be masterminding the IPRC’s exciting new chili cook-off benefit events.
Jason Glover's bio is coming soon!
Heather Watkins is a professional letterpress printer, bookbinder and visual artist with an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Resource Council Members
Colin Meloy is the lead singer of The Decemberists and a longtime supporter of the IPRC. Colin made his debut as a children's writer with Wildwood, illustrated by wife, Carson Ellis. The second novel in the series is Under Wildwood, published in 2012. Watch Colin Meloy give NPR a tour of the old IPRC space here.
Carson Ellis is a Portland-based illustrator, providing art for such bestselling books as The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, and Wildwood by Colin Meloy. Additionally, she is the illustrator-in-residence for the the band, The Decemberists, and has created art for their album covers, t-shirts, websites, posters, and stage sets. She's a longtime supporter of the IPRC, and each fall she teaches a free twelve-session drawing workshop for teenagers at the Portland Art Museum.
Arthur Bradford is an American author and a director. He has had a book of short stories published, Dogwalker and a children's book, "Benny's Brigade". He has won an O. Henry Award and has had his stories published in Esquire, McSweeneys, Zoetrope, Dazed & Confused, Tin House, and BOMB. He was a contributor to the McSweeney's publication The Future Dictionary of America. He was a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University and a James Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Bradford is also the director of 6 Days to Air, a documentary that depicts the making of an episode of South Park, which premiered on Comedy Central on October 9, 2011. It was nominated for an emmy award in the outstanding non-fiction special category. He has directed music videos for bands such as State Radio and The Dandy Warhols.
Kohel Haver is a veteran zinester, and an attorney specializing in creative and intellectual property rights. As one of the founding members of the IPRC, he helped the Center achieve its 501(C)3 status. You can find more information about Kohel and his work at www.smhllaw.com.
Julie Shapiro is Managing Director of the Third Coast International Audio Festival from Chicago Public Radio. Before moving to Chicago, Shapiro worked at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, and while living in North Carolina produced Storylines Southeast, a public radio series about literature from that region. She makes audio art for public presentation, runs a local listening series called LISSENUP and can occasionally be heard on the public radio airwaves.
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Trinie Dalton has authored, edited, and/or curated six books. Those books include Wide Eyed (Akashic), Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is (McSweeney's: co-edited with Eli Horowitz and Lisa Wagner), Mythtym (Picturebox), Sweet Tomb (Madras Press) and Baby Geisha (Two Dollar Radio). Trinieâ€™s books alternate between art projects and fiction, and sometimes combine the two. She teaches fiction and critical writing at USC, SVA and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit her at sweettomb.com .
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B. Frayn Masters is the Host and Executive Producer of Back Fence PDX. Starting Fall of 2012 Frayn is beyond excited to be the local producer for The Moth StorySLAM. She also produces, creates and performs in comedic videos and sketches, and was lucky enough to be a guest performer in w00stock 2.1, which starred the super funny Wil Wheaton, Adam Savage, and Paul & Storm. Samples of her literary leanings can be found in Airplane Reading, MonkeyBicycle 6, Hobart, SPORK and Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeneyâ€™s Book of Lists. Writing the cell phones games for the Twilight movie series totally warped her viewpoint on wolves. She puts most of the monies in her bank account as a scriptwriter, in addition to writing for various magazines. She swoons for good stories. [Note to self: practice swooning. Also, look up its meaning.]
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Mike Nichols is a printing industry professional with a degree in Communications and Graphic Arts.
Bryan Tosh is a Portland area videographer and filmmaker with a focus in writing, editing, and cinematography. Bryan has worked on a wide variety of projects from independent films & documentaries to government videos & NFL Films. After 10 years in the military and 3 years in freelance video production, Bryan found his way back to his roots in Portland, Oregon. He is a firm believer in being a lifetime student and continues his education in filmmaking at the Art Institute of Portland under mentors like Courtney Hermann, Jay Cornelius and Kyle Aldrich.
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Chloe Eudaly is the proprietress of Reading Frenzy and Show & Tell Press, and one of our co-founders. A former board member, she has sporadically served on our advisory committee since 2001 when print took a back seat to parenting. She currently serves on the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, where she strives to bring recognition from the arts establishment to grassroots and DIY organizations.
Andrew Dickson has written a number of performances, several screenplays, a stack of zines, a ton of ads, a handful of websites, a few blogs, a bunch of newspaper articles, the occasional letter to the editor, and hundreds of thousands of emails. He works as a copywriter at Wieden+Kennedy where he also is a director of the WK12 program. He also teaches at PSU, performs regularly as part of the PICA TBA festival, and hosts the Moth StorySLAM every first Monday.
Lucy Bellwood is almost certain she's America's one and only dual citizen, tall ship-sailing cartoonist. Working out of Periscope Studio in Portland, OR, she spends her days drawing funnybooks and her nights teaching dance in the city's thriving local Blues scene. She is a graduate of the IPRC Certificate Program in Comics and Independent Publishing, and holds a B.A. in Art from Reed College. Her primary pastime is the educational, autobiographical sailing comic BAGGYWRINKLES, but you can also find her comics in various anthologies and small press emporiums in Northwest and beyond. Feel free to contact her at lucypcbellwood[at]gmail[dot]com!
Vanessa Renwick is founder and janitor of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass. An artist by nature, not by stress of research. She puts scholars to rout by solving through Nature's teaching problems that have fretted their trained minds. Working in experimental and poetic documentary forms, her iconoclastic work reflects an interest in place, relationships between bodies and landscapes, and all sorts of borders.
S. Renee Mitchell is an award-winning, former Oregonian columnist, who was nominated - twice - for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. But, she left a 25-year newspaper career in 2008 to reinvent herself as a creative healing griot, who uses the power of words to help others let go, gather up and move on. She is a published author, poet, playwright, song writer and writing teacher, from grades K-college. As a creative visionary, she wears many hats in order to nurture hope, empowerment and inspiration:
- * Diversity & equity advocate
- * Inspirational keynote speaker
- * Project director/Event organizer
- * Workshop and training facilitator
- * Spoken-word poet/author/novelist
- * Social justice grant writer
- * Playwright/actress/theater director
- * Domestic violence/Sexual assault survivor
Vanessa Veselka has been at various times, a teenage runaway, a union organizer, and a student of paleontology. Her work appears in GQ, Bitch, The Atlantic, Tin House, and Zyzzyva. Her novel Zazen won the 2012 PEN / Bingham Prize for fiction. (Photo by Heather Hawksford)
Ron Nugent is a 67-year-old retired television and internet producer. He is an intellectual product of the Portland Public Schools and The University of Oregon. He now lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife, who is a university professor. His interests are literature, education, and science.
Eleanor Whitney is a media and art educator, zine publisher, print maker and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. She co-edits the online, feminist art journal riffrag.org, plays in the band Perils and believes in the power of independent media to empower and inspire young people to change their world for the better. By day she works as a Program Officer at Artspire, a Program of the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Marilyn Zornado has taught bookbinding and calligraphy at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Art Institute. She is author of “Adventures in Penland” and co-proprietor of Fremont Garden Press. In addition to organizing the annual Platform Animation Festival, she is the driving force behind the IPRC’s annual Text Ball.
Courtney Hermann is a media arts educator and an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker from Portland, Oregon. She received the inaugural Outstanding Faculty Award at the Art Institute of Portland in 2006, where she is a faculty member and Assistant Academic Department Director of the Digital Film and Video Department. She holds an MFA degree in Film and Video Production from Columbia College Chicago, where she studied with Michael Rabiger and Herb DiGioia.
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