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Author Archive: "Eliot Treichel"

Hooligan, Ooligan

A hooligan is a hoodlum, a troublemaker. Someone a bit uncouth. But a hooligan is also a fish — the eulachon, a type of smelt endemic to the eastern Pacific Ocean. Eulachon are more commonly called candlefish, so named because of their high oil content, high enough that if you insert a wick into one, a dried eulachon will burn like a candle.

A hooligan is also someone who works at Ooligan Press, the nonprofit publisher of my short-story collection, Close Is Fine. Ooligan, you might have guessed, is yet another name for the eulachon. According to one theory, it is also the word that Oregon is derived from.

Ooligan Press describes itself this way:

A general trade publisher rooted in the rich literary tradition of the Pacific Northwest....From this wealth of culture, Ooligan Press aspires to discover works that reflect the values and attitudes that inspire so many to call the Northwest their home. Founded in 2001, Ooligan is a teaching press dedicated to the art and craft of publishing. Affiliated with Portland State University, the press is staffed by students pursuing master's degrees in an


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