Jay Olinger is an instructor of Comics Studies at Portland Community College. She graduated with Distinction from the University of Dundee with a Master of Design in Comics and Graphic Novels, fully funded by the University’s International Excellence Scholarship. Her graduate thesis, Prompt(ed), was awarded the 2017 Duncan of Jordanstone Comics Prize. Residing in Portland, Oregon, Jay researches Golden Age superheroines, creates short comics, and advocates for comics studies within higher education. She is also the assistant director for Miss Anthology, a non-profit organization that provides educational programming and publication opportunities for female and LGBTQIA2S+ youth.
June 2019 - August 2019: Teaching Art 102 at Portland Community College (CRN 34450)
July 25th-27th 2019: Presenting "Poe-nography" and "Teaching Graphic Novels Workshop" at the 2nd annual Comics Studies Society Conference at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
August 12th 2019: Teaching a one-day Comics History lesson for the Summer Youth Camp at the IPRC in Portland, Oregon.
September - December 2019: Teaching ART 102: Understanding the Visual Arts at Portland Community College.
January - March 2020: Teaching ENG 496/596: Comics Theory at Portland State University.
January - March 2020: Teaching ART 217: Comics Art & Literature at Portland Community College.