Portfolio Program Faculty

Catie Hannigan, Poetry Instructor
Catie Hannigan (they/she) is a queer poet and visual artist whose work incorporates poetry, book making, and installation. They are the author of the chapbooks MOON’S CABIN (dancing girl press, 2019), Water Fragments (Tammy Journal, 2017), and What Once Was There Is The Most Beautiful Thing (DIAGRAM, 2015). They have been awarded residencies at In Cahoots Residency, Stelo Arts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Mineral School, and the Vashon Artist Residency, among others. They currently teach the Poetry Track of the Portfolio Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, OR. They are also a Co-Creator of Win Win, a BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ restaurant group. More of their work can be found at: www.catiehannigan.com


Michael Heald, Prose Instructor

Michael Heald graduated from the IPRC’s Prose Certificate Program in 2011. For his final project, he founded Perfect Day Publishing, a small press that has released one book of creative nonfiction per year (or so) for the past decade. He works closely with authors whose manuscripts are typically unfinished at the time they are acquired, and he believes that editing should be a collaborative process. Perfect Day’s catalog includes two Oregon Book Award finalists and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Since 2013, Michael has taught creative writing and zinemaking to teenagers at the Pendleton Rock ‘n Roll Camp, and in 2020–2021 he led a 24-week-long class for adults called “Write a Book” through the IPRC. He is the author of Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension, a collection of essays. His writing has appeared in Runner’s World magazine, Oregon HumanitiesBig Big Wednesday, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, among other publications. When he’s not giving his dog belly rubs, he works as a freelance editor.






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.