Portfolio Program Faculty

Catie Hannigan, Poetry Instructor
Catie Hannigan is a poet and visual artist whose work incorporates poetry, typography, installation, and photography, with an emphasis on what is simple and deliberate. She is the founder & director of Meadow; a creative space for women, lgbtqia+, gender non-conforming, and/or BIPOC artists & writers. Catie has been awarded residencies at The Working Library/c3 initiative, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Blackfly Writing Retreat, and the Stonecoast Writer‘s Conference. She is the author of forthcoming MOON’S CABIN (dancing girl press 2019), Water Fragments (Tammy Journal 2017), and What Once Was There Is The Most Beautiful Thing (DIAGRAM 2015). She currently teaches poetry at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, OR.


Emilly Prado, Prose Instructor

Emilly Prado (@emillygprado) is a writer, DJ, and community organizer living in Portland, Oregon with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and Michoacán, Mexico. She’s a graduate of the IPRC’s Prose Certificate program and an IPRC member dating back to 2014. Emilly brings more than a decade teaching artist experience in zine making, creative writing, and professional development, amongst other topics. Her work as a journalist has appeared in publications such as NPR, Marie Claire, Bitch Media, Eater, The Stranger, Remezcla, and Travel Oregon. She is a Blackburn Fellow and MFA candidate at Randolph College, a Tin House and Las Dos Brujas Workshop alumna, and co-founder of @portlandincolor. When not writing or teaching, Emilly moonlights as DJ Mami Miami with @nochelibrepdx, the Latinx DJ collective she co-founded in 2017. Her debut essay collection, Funeral for Flaca, was selected as a 2021 #YosiBookClub summer reading pick and has been called, “Utterly vulnerable, bold, and unique,” by Ms. Magazine. Funeral for Flaca is out now with #FutureTenseBooks.




Jakelen Diaz, Art Book Instructor

Jakelen is a Salvadoran-Guatemalan American artist and designer with a passion for community and education. After completing undergraduate studies in art & design and philosophy, Jakelen went on to complete the IPRC’s Art Book Certificate Program in 2019 and self-published her first artist book THE AMBIGUITY OF A DEPARTURE WITHOUT A RETURN. She has since continued to work on a variety of print and publication projects, such as the semi-monthly micro-zine Everything is so Much, and is the current studio manager at the IPRC.









M. Sabine Rear, Comics Instructor
M. Sabine Rear is a cartoonist, zine-maker, and the cute blind lady you gave your seat to on the bus. Her comics primarily address disability, gender and public space. She is a graduate of the 2016-17 Certificate Program, an Ignatz Award nominee, an organizer of the Portland Zine Symposium, a founding member of Soft Skills Comics Collective, and a pillar of the karaoke community.