Centers & Journals

The Department of English is home to the following centers and journals.


The Portland Center for Public Humanities is a consortium of over 100 scholars who seek to foster intellectual community and activity in our metropolitan area. In addition to encouraging scholarly collaboration between our campuses and organizations, the center sponsors workshops and lectures, conferences, and research groups. For more information, see the Portland Center for Public Humanities, or contact the Director.

Michael Clark

The Writing Center provides collaborative support to students, faculty, and the greater community in all stages of the writing process. Their Resource Center has books on a variety of writing issues and topics as well as comprehensive handouts on common writing issues and questions. The services offered by the Writing Center are free and open to the public: you may bring in any writing project—academic or nonacademic, personal or professional.

For more information, contact the Writing Center Coordinator.

Writing Center Coordinator
Dan DeWeese


Founded in 1956, The Portland Review is a literary journal of short fiction, poetry, art, and photography. The Review promotes new and established authors and artists while maintaining strict editorial standards. To have your work considered, see the Submission Guidelines.

Ooligan Press sponsors a number of online literary journals. Irreverent Fish publishes new fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, authored by students in the PSU Writing program. Editor's Choice involves a short story contest. Each year the Ooligan editors select four or five winning authors. Ooligan Flash Fiction publishes short-short stories told with brevity and style. The Young Adult Creative Writing journals publish the winning entries from a writing contest held for Oregon middle- and high-school students.

Film Auteur, a new journal of film and media studies published by Portland State University and Ooligan Press, publishes articles from a wide variety of interpretive perspectives including psychoanalytic theory, queer theory, cultural studies, formal cinematic analysis, postmodern theory, neo-Marxist theory, and feminist theory. The journal is refereed and is published twice annually in both hard copy and online format. For more information, contact the editor, Dr. Michael J. Clark.