Patricia Marshall,
owner / editor

Patricia is a writer, editor, and publisher with a passion for helping authors produce the best books possible.

She is the former editor of Forest Magazine, published by a national conservation group located in Eugene, Ore., and she has extensive experience producing marketing and promotional materials, both for print and online. She is currently writing a non-fiction book about Burley Design Cooperative.

Patricia has a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, and a certificate in Digital Journalism from Media Bistro in New York. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, Willamette Writers, and the Eugene Chamber of Commerce.


Claire Flint Last,
graphic designer

Claire Flint has been an accomplished graphic designer, illustrator, and fine art painter for almost twenty years. She has executed design and illustration work for many high-profile clients including Coldwater Creek, PhotoTidings, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Princeton HealthCare System, University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History and

In 2010, Claire was voted “Best Visual Artist” in the Eugene Weekly’s reader polls and was accepted into the Mayor’s Art Show. Claire currently divides her time between mothering her daughter, Penny Lane, painting in her home studio, illustrating children’s books, and designing book covers and author marketing materials for Luminare.


Kim Harper Kennedy,
project and operations manager

Kim Harper-Kennedy has a Master’s degree in arts/non-profit management and museum studies from the University of Oregon. She spent 14 years as a Content and Project Manager for a local exhibit and architectural display company writing, developing, and managing hundreds of exhibits and displays for major institutions across the United States.

Kim brings her love of writing, story-telling, and organization to Luminare as the Project and Operations Manager, returning her to her first love, books.

In her spare time she “manages” her husband, daughter, and two feisty fur-babies through the manuscript of life.


Melissa Thomas,
graphic designer / author assistant services

Melissa has over 15 years of graphic design and marketing experience from her time working in fast-paced marketing departments for national companies. She brings that experience to her roles of graphic designer, branding, and author assistant services at Luminare.

Melissa is an accomplished photographer and artist. Her work can be found in homes and businesses worldwide and internationally on book covers. Locally her art can be found in the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery in Portland, OR.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys dancing, reading, learning the drums, cycling, and spending time with friends.


Jamie Passaro,
managing editor

Jamie Passaro comes to copy editing from the writing side of publishing. Her articles, interviews, and essays have been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post online’s “On Parenting,” The Atlantic online, The Sun, and Oregon Humanities, among other places. She loves the editing process and the way a neatly edited sentence can have a new life. Whether writing or editing, her favorite test is the read-aloud. Now that she’s working in the Luminare office instead of editing from home, she reads softly, trying not to disturb her co-workers.

Jamie reads and writes obituaries (see dear person obits) in her spare time. She also enjoys dinner table discussions, eating from the garden, meandering bike rides, and road-tripping with her husband and two daughters.


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