Starting last summer, Dennis Stovall, former Director of PSU's Master's Program in Publishing, began mentoring Roosevelt High School students in the rudiments of publishing. Stovall, along with graduate students from the PSU Publishing Program, taught a summer session to the high school students, who then took what they had learned and applied it to publishing their first book, the anthology Where the Roses Smell the Best, a literary companion to Portland filled with short stories, vignettes, and poems about the places, people, and acitivites that make Portland unique. The student-led publishing company, Unique Ink, will celebrate its first publication with a month of readings throughout Portland.
The month of readings kicks off at Powell's on Hawthorne on Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. Oregon State Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen will be accompanied by featured authors reading their pieces from Where the Roses Smell the Best. The Oregonian columnist and author Steve Duin will join authors and student writers at St. John Booksellers on Saturday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. for the second reading.
On Wednesday, July 17 at 5:00 p.m. students, families, and community members will gather at Roosevelt High School for more readings and a celebration of Unique Ink’s first year. The fourth reading, featuring poet Laura Winter and author Emma Oliver, will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 24 at Broadway Books. The fifth and final reading, on Monday July 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Annie Bloom’s Books, will bring back Paulann Petersen as well as more student authors and author Sybilla Cook.
As students and volunteers celebrate the release of the book in July, they are already hard at work gathering submissions for their next anthology, slated for 2014. Stovall and two interns from the publishing program, Rebekah Hunt and Sarah Currin, are currently working with a new crop of students interested in the publishing field.
Unique Ink is a student-staffed publisher based out of Roosevelt High School’s Writing and Publishing Center that was established in 2012. Volunteers at the center teach publishing to high school students to improve their skills in business, editing, and marketing. Through the center’s unique hands-on approach, students learn about the publishing industry by publishing and selling their own books. Proceeds from the sales of Where the Roses Smell the Best will help the Writing and Publishing Center stay self-sustaining and continue to be a valuable resource to the students at Roosevelt High School. To learn more about Unique Ink and the Writing and Publishing Center, visit: http://rooseveltroughwriters.org.