Portland Made is on its way!

Okay, time for a little shameless self-promotion:

The upcoming book, Portland Made: New American Makers of the Manufacturing Rennaisance is due to hit the shelves in December. I have seen a draft, and oh my it’s really exciting to finally see it in its close to finished form! It is inspiring, and makes me appreciate this city even more (and no, not just because I got all giddy seeing my name and my words in print, either, though I admit that was quite the thrill!). I am truly honored to be a contributing writer for this book – I had such a great time meeting and interviewing some of the folks profiled in the book, getting the chance to tell their stories.

Author Kelley Roy has just launched a crowd funding campaign, to help defray some of the costs – much of which has come out of her own pocket – of this wonderful project.

So please, take a look, here – if nothing else, it will tell you a bit about the book and the process and hopefully inspire you to buy it when it comes out at the end of the year.  Or, maybe you’ll be inspired to donate, which would be great too.

And stay tuned – you’ll all be invited to the official release at Powell’s!


I’m in a Book!!


Here it is, the cover image of the book for which I am Contributing Writer- woohoo! (is “woohoo” too unprofessional? Do I care?)

I have been sitting on my hands for months not spilling the beans to  everyone I know, anxiously waiting for the official press release that would signal my ability to finally tell the good news and help spread the word about the book.

As some of you know, for the last several months I have been writing profiles of some of Portland’s innovative makers of one-of-a-kind products and innovative businesses for the Portland Made Collective website; some of those (and more besides) are part of Kelley Roy’s new book Portland Made: New American Makers of the Manufacturing Renaissance. 

You can preorder the book starting July 1st. It is scheduled to hit the shelves sometime in the fall of 2015. I will keep you updated here, definitely! Everyone should get a copy (no, I don’t get royalties, I’ve already been paid – I just think it’s going to be a great and inspiring book).

It has been a blast, talking with such a creative bunch of people, hearing their stories, being caught up in their infectious enthusiasm for what they’re creating. The challenge is keeping each profile within the desired word count! It is amazing to discover the thrum of creativity that is hived here in Portland. Come to find out, Portland is one of the leading, driving forces of the Maker Movement, of the redefining of American Manufacturing. Pretty exciting stuff. I’m really quite pleased and honored to be a part of spreading the word.

To find out more about this book and Portland’s Maker Movement, click here.