Heather Watkins is a visual artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been shown in exhibitions regionally and nationally, including at the Portland Art Museum; The Art Gym at Marylhurst University; PDX Contemporary Art; and the lumber room in Portland, Oregon. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the Ford Family Foundation. Watkins holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is represented by PDX Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon and she served as a board member at the IPRC from 2010 through 2014.
Bryan Wasetis is a Portland, Oregon based attorney that works specifically with the creative community. He is a co-founder of Aspect Law Group and specializes in business and intellectual property law, and is also an avid supporter of community-based activities and Portland’s art and culture scene.
Kohel Haver received his JD from the Northwestern Law School at Lewis & Clark College, and is a partner at Swider Haver LLP. Kohel is an advocate for intellectual property rights as well as a proponent of free expression and getting paid fairly for your work. Kohel has been working with creative people and their businesses for more than 25 years. He works closely with many successful creative people negotiating agreements for national distribution and international business growth in the creative industries including print, film, television, photography, theater and performance. He specializes in copyright and trademark law advising businesses to develop and protect their brand and property in the modern landscape that merges print, video, audio and the Internet.
Courtney Pierce is the author of five novels. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband of 37 years and bossy cat. After a 20-year career as an executive in the Broadway entertainment industry, Courtney used her time in a theater seat to study what made audiences laugh, cry or walk out the door. She writes humorous and poignant mysteries. As an active member of the writing community, Courtney is on the board of the Northwest Independent Writers Association and writes for the blog Romancing the Genres.Her books are published through Windtree Press, an indie author cooperative. For details, visit courtney-pierce.com.
Jay Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University. He’s the founder of Show:Tell, Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists, now run by the IPRC! His memoir, Wedlocked, was published by Hawthorne Books, April 2013, and it received the 2014 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. His chapbook of short prose, Darkmouth Strikes Again, was published by Future Tense Books, summer 2014. His essay “Listen to this” was mentioned as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2010, and more recently, “On Navel Gazing” was mentioned as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2015. He has published prose in Del Sol Review, Seattle Review, Salamander, Cimarron Review, Puerto Del Sol, and Forklift, Ohio, among others.
Colin Meloy is a musician, singer-songwriter and author best known as the frontman of the Portland, Oregon, indie folk rock band The Decemberists.
Carson Ellis is the illustrator of a number of books for kids, including New York Times bestsellers Home (which she also wrote), The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, and The Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy (who happens to be her husband). She’s also an occasional maker of editorial illustration (for The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, and The New Yorker, among others) and an even more occasional fine artist represented by Nationale in Portland. She’s also the illustrator-in-residence for The Decemberists. She lives on a farm in Oregon with Colin Meloy, their two sons, one cat, two llamas, two goats, one sheep, eight chickens, a family of barn owls and an unfathomable multitude of tree frogs.
Lydia Mazer is a reader, a writer, a screen and letterpress printer, a dog lover, a baker and a hiker.
Courtney Hermann is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and film and video educator. Her most recent independent films include Crying Earth Rise Up (2015), Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival (2012), and Standing Silent Nation (2007). She is on the faculty of the School of Theater and Film at Portland State University where she teaches film and video production classes. Courtney holds an MFA degree in Film and Video Production from Columbia College Chicago.
Melany Savitt joined Tonkon Torp’s Business Immigration practice group as an attorney in 2012 and has more than a decade of experience in the field including her work as a law clerk, nonimmigrant visa training coordinator, and paralegal. She represents clients of all sizes from a variety of industries, guiding employers and foreign nationals through our maze of immigration laws. She has also provided pro bono services to several organizations involved in immigration matters, including Surviving Spouses Against Deportation, and securing artists’ visas for participants in Portland-area arts events and festivals. Melany’s interest in art is more than legal. She studied Byzantine mosaic techniques in Ravenna, Italy and has created and installed custom mosaics in tile and stained glass.
Lori Damiano is an illustrator, animator, & educator based in Portland, Oregon. She earned a BFA in Media Studies: Film / Video from the University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts. She currently teaches in the Animated Arts Program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and serves as the Animation Department Chair for the California State Summer School for the Arts . Lori D. has been making films, paintings, illustrations, comics, and zines for 20 years.
Jon Raymond is the author of the novels The Half-Life (2004) and Rain Dragon (2012), and the story collection, Livability (2009), winner of the Oregon Book Award and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. Two of those stories were made into the films Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy. He is also the writer of the film Meek’s Cutoff and cowriter of the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce. He is an editor of Plazm magazine, and a contributing editor to Tin House magazine. His writing has appeared in Artforum, Bookforum, The Village Voice, and many other publications. A new novel, Freebird, is forthcoming in 2017.
Originally from a small town in northern Minnesota, Per Henningsgaard received his B.A. in 2004 from Vassar College. From there, he migrated downstream to New York City, where he worked as an Editorial Assistant for a multinational publishing house. Then, in 2005, he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study book publishing and regional literature in Western Australia. Per received his Ph.D. in 2009 from The University of Western Australia. Before moving to Portland, he was 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.
Chloe Eudaly was born and raised in the Portland Metro area and has called Portland proper her home since 1988. After working for a series of small businesses, in 1994 she opened her mission driven bookshop, Reading Frenzy, which is dedicated to independent, small press, and self-published titles with a focus on underrepresented voices, progressive politics, and alternative culture. Through Reading Frenzy, she co-founded the Independent Publishing Resource Center, launched a small press, has organized nearly 500 free literary and art events, and has shared her extensive knowledge of self-publishing and creative entrepreneurship with hundreds of people through lectures, panels, articles, and workshops.
Robin Johnson is the Inclusion Policy Advisor for Governor Kate Brown, where her portfolio focuses on the diversity and inclusion practices across Oregon’s State Agencies, while also convening collaborative efforts to further new policy, informed by best and promising practices. She holds her master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Portland State University and is a Certified Diversity Executive. Previously she was a health equity research analyst with the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI), where she focused on issues around workforce diversity and inclusion policy development and tracking, civil rights, and social determinants of health. In the past Robin has also been a research and evaluation analyst, implementing and examining service delivery models that positively impact children and youth, and the subsequent policy implications for their families and communities. As a born and raised Oregonian, Robin enjoys spending her free time reading, knitting, taking in the great outdoors running or hiking, and going on adventures with her family.
Brianne Mees is the co-founder and co-owner of the retail chain and record label, Tender Loving Empire. She has a BA in Psychology and a self-awarded “street MBA” that she earned by trial and error over 10 years of being in business. As an entrepreneur she has worn many hats including but not limited to: COO, retail manager, bookkeeper, HR, head of marketing, buyer, cashier, merchandiser, product designer, etc. TLE will have grown by 5 times it’s size from 2014 to 2017. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and 4 year old daughter, traveling and eating vegetarian cuisine. tenderlovingempire.com
Erika Moen has been doing webcomics since she was 15 years old and has been a full-time, professional cartoonist and comic book creator at Helioscope Studio in Portland, OR since she was 25. She is best known for co-creating the weekly sex positive series Oh Joy Sex Toy with Matthew Nolan and the autobiographical comic “DAR!”. Her work has been published by Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Villard, BOOM! Studios, Penny Arcade and Scholastic, among others.
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