portmanteau [as adj. ] consisting of or combining two or more separable aspects or qualities.
Portmanteau is an annual publication, publishing once a year with an issue being released each late spring or early summer. Portmanteau accepts submissions only during the open submission period.
Portmanteau publishes and promotes art that encompasses the regionalism, character, and perspective of Northeastern Oklahoma and the greater four states region (Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas). We accept fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photography, and art that exemplifies and represents our diverse area, interests, history, and demographics. We accept submissions from community members, students, and anyone worldwide whose work encompasses these attributes.
Managing Editor: Andrew J Olson is the managing editor and founder of Portmanteau. Olson joined the Communiations and Fine Arts department at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College as a full-time faculty member in the Fall of 2012. At NEO, Olson primarily instructs english courses, including creative writing and the history of film. Before joining the Norsemen, Olson was a faculty member at ITT Technical Institute and Northern Virginia Community College in the Washington D.C. metropolitian area and a graduate teaching assistant at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, where he also received his M.F.A in creative writing and B.A. in English and Mass Communications. While at Minnesota State, Olson interned with New Rivers Press and co-edited the book of poetry Birds of Wisconsin, and also received his certificate of publishing. In May of 2012, Knuckledown Press published his debut fiction collection, Barn Stripping and Other Stories. The book is available in both print and electronic (e-book) formats and can be found by clicking here. Olson's work has been published in numerous literary and art journals across the country, including L'Allure des Mots, Emerge Literary Journal, The Linnet's Wings, Leaf Garden Press, 1,000 Words, Down in the Dirt Magazine, Red Weather, LoveChild Journal, Read ThisI and The Yellow Bicycle among others. Olson has also presented scholary work and criticism at various conferences and universities on such authors as James Joyce, William Faulkner, Chuck Palahniuk, Katherine Dunn, and Jose Donoso. In addition to his work at NEO and with Portmanteau, Olson also leads a community writers group based in Miami where he lives with his wife Maria. He is currently at work on two novels. You can reach him by e-mail here.
Senior Editor: Jessica Stout grew up in Ohio where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art, art history, and biology from the College of Wooster. She earned a Master of Arts degree in studio art from Morehead State University in Kentucky. Mrs. Stout has been a full-time art instructor at NEO A&M College since 2011, and heads an art department that will soon feature the Charles Banks Wilson Cultural and Educational Center, a gallery dedicated to the nationally recognized Miami artist who founded NEO’s Art Department in the 1940s. She has served in various capacities and roles at numerous humanities and arts organizations, including the Miami Arts and Humanities Council, Miami Public Library, Ottawa County 4-H, Miami Little Theatre, The Friends of the Coleman Theatre, Intregris Hospital (Miami) Foundation Board, and the Miami Downtown Development Design Review Committee among others. Her current projects include restoration of the Nick Calcagno Miami Centennial Mural, and directing a summer art camp funded by a Sarkey’s grand awarded to the NEO Development Foundation. Jessica was recently accepted into the Oklahoma Arts Council’s 2013 Leadership Arts Class and will serve as a panelist. She lives with her husband, Patrick, in rural Miami and has five children.