About Me

Emma St. John

Publicity Manager at Ooligan Press

My name is Emma St. John, and I am a soon-to-be graduate of the Book Publishing Masters program at Portland State University. I made the move out to the Pacific Northwest in September of 2020 after graduating from Arizona State University in May of that year.

When I was sixteen, one of my high school teachers asked what I wanted to major in in college. “English?” I said hesitantly, noting I had no idea what I would actually do with that, to which she responded, “What about book publishing?”

And that was that. I graduated from ASU with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Film Production with a passion for storytelling and a desire to have a positive impact on the book industry. And I did some pretty amazing things along the way, too. I was heavily involved in Arizona State’s Programming and Activities Board, serving as the Vice President of the event planning organization my senior year. After joining Alpha Delta Pi sorority my freshman year, I ended up serving on the Panhellenic Executive Board as well, overseeing all sixteen sororities on campus and organizing the formal recruitment process of over a record-breaking 1,600 women. In the spring of my sophomore year of college, I studied abroad at the University of Manchester in England, where I read a book that featured the main character getting her master’s degree in book publishing (A Love Letter to Whiskey, Kandi Steiner). I had no idea this was even a thing, but I knew this would be the next part of my plan.

I knew after graduating from Arizona State, I would go straight into graduate school for book publishing. And I did. Even with COVID-19 encompassing the world a few months before I graduated from ASU, I was determined to follow through with the next step in making my goals and dream happen. I ended up in Oregon at Portland State University and with Ooligan Press, the student-run publishing press on campus. Starting first as a social media coordinator for one of our book project teams, I was then appointed Ooligan’s newest Publicity Manager for the 2021-2022 school year, as well. Having the opportunity to combine two of my passions — books and events — has been truly the most incredible experience, and while I’m loving the present, I can’t wait to see what else is in store.