Mike Rosen is the editor of the graphic novel OIL AND WATER, written by Steve Duin,
drawn by Shannon Wheeler and published by Fantagraphics Books. During August 2010,
Mike led a group of 22 Oregonians to the Gulf Coast to “Bear Witness” to the BP oil spill.
A variety of stories were collected to shed light on the magnitude of the disaster and
to encourage a constructive response. In addition to OIL AND WATER, an educational
curriculum, “Just Below the Surface,” was produced with the Northwest Earth Institute,
and a documentary, “Beyond the Spill,” was produced by John Waller of Uncage the Soul
production. “Beyond the Spill” will be shown during Wordstock.
Mike obtained a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering and since 2003 has
managed the Watershed Division for Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services.
In addition to his environmental work, Mike is a dedicated advocate for public education.
Mike lives in Portland with his wife Terri and children Ben, Elias and Emma.