The People’s Colloquium has openings for the following volunteers.

  • Outreach and Fundraising Volunteer: (1) Duties: assisting with outreach and fundraising. (2) Desirable skills: social media knowledge, good phone/email etiquette, grant-writing, a willingness to approach individuals and institutions in order to make connections. (3) Volunteer hours: 5 hours a month on average.
  • Colleague Director: (1) Duties: assist the board of directors with organizing the nonprofit. (2) Desirable skills: community organizing, education, nonprofit law, nonprofit finances. (3) Volunteer hours: 5 hours a month on average.


We’re a 501c3 nonprofit with a cooperative governance structure, where everyone who participates in The People’s Colloquium is welcome to help organize and manage the nonprofit.

  • Participant: Attends People’s Colloquium events on a drop-in basis.
  • Member: Signed up to regularly attend People’s Colloquium events, and may become a Colleague after 12 attendances.
  • Colleague: Guides The People’s Colloquium through Colleague voting and Colleague planning meetings, and Colleagues may apply to serve on the Board of Directors after 24 attendances.
  • Colleague Director: A member of the Board of Directors of The People’s Colloquium, and takes responsibility for guiding the nonprofit as a whole.


  • The arts and humanities are sacred: traditions that represent humanity’s search for meaning (the humanities) and expression (the arts).
  • The arts and humanities are a right: everyone without exception or constraint should have access to education in the arts and humanities.
  • All are equal, all are one: equality, fairness, and solidarity among all beings.
  • Learning from the past, working for a better tomorrow: we’ve accomplished much, but much is still left to be done.


Emily Lisborg


As Treasurer, Emily oversees The People’s Colloquium’s finances, tax preparations, and related filings. She’s an active participant and facilitator in discussions related to philosophy and theory, and envisions promoting offerings pertaining to cultural ecology in the future. She has a BA in philosophy from Hartwick College, and owns a small business that specializes in rare tropical plants and frogs. She enjoys writing atmospheric, language-based fiction, and taking photos with the perfect amount of Bokeh.

Hanna Litwinowicz

Community Coordinator

As community coordinator Hanna supports the mission of the People’s Colloquium by attending and leading poetry workshops and poetry courses.
She is a facilitator of poetry critique groups, a 1-1 poetry editor, and participates in people’s ink poetry courses. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from SUNY Purchase.

Hans Otterson

Community Coordinator

As a Community Coordinator, Hans performs outreach on behalf of The People’s Colloquium, particularly as a part of the social media team. A couple nights a week he critiques fiction at The People’s Ink, and he loves helping others figure out how to make their stories work. Hans does case management for a Portland nonprofit, working in the developmental disability community. He has a degree in the visual arts and is an aspiring author of literary and speculative fiction.

Jared Linder

Community Coordinator

As a Community Coordinator, Jared performs outreach on behalf of The People’s Colloquium. He’s a regular participant in a variety of focus groups and facilitates community critique groups. He holds a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing, as well as a JD. He supports his writing by working part-time as an attorney and brings what he’s learned from both his writing and lawyering life to his work with The People’s Colloquium.

John Koch


As Secretary, John oversees The People’s Colloquium’s records, tax preparations, and related filings. He’s a regular participant in The People’s Ink’s Poetry Critiques and the Anthology Focus Groups. He holds a BA in English from Rice University, and a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School. He writes editorials for Underdogs, a quarterly photography magazine, and is the town historian for Hardman, Oregon. He’s a practicing attorney and the owner of Koch Law, LLC.

Josuee Hernandez

Vice President

As Vice President, Josuee is charged with assisting the President of The People’s Colloquium in her many endeavors. You can find him critiquing submissions at The People’s Ink, or facilitating discussions on critical race theory, philosophy, and related literature at The People’s Dialogue. He holds a BA in English from the University of Oregon and a MA in English from Portland State University, though he ultimately considers the Marine Corps his alma mater.

Kristen MacDonald


As president, Kristen is responsible for managing the Board of Directors and providing guidance to The People’s Colloquium. Kristen attends the Speculative Fiction Book Discussion and facilitates the Flash Fiction Focus Group, and serves as the layout editor for The Colloquium’s upcoming anthology. She holds degrees in political science and the visual arts, has taught at the college level, and serves on the boards of several Portland-area nonprofits.

Richard Pope

Executive Director

As executive director, Rich is responsible for organizing The People’s Colloquium’s educational offerings and strategic planning for the nonprofit as a whole. While active with all The Colloquium’s offerings, he can often be found facilitating discussions on various topics related to theory, philosophy, writing, and the arts. He holds a BA in philosophy from Kent State University, and a MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine from OCOM. He’s passionate about building community education at The People’s Colloquium.

Shannon St. Hilaire

Community Coordinator

As a Community Coordinator, Shannon performs outreach on behalf of The People’s Colloquium. She’s a regular participant in a variety of focus groups, from short-form nonfiction to long-form speculative fiction, in addition to serving as an executive editor for the upcoming anthology. She holds BAs in English and Spanish and supports the customer service knowledge base for a tech company.

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