Slam Poets Deliver Honest, Moving Performances in Accessible Environment

Slam Poets Deliver Honest, Moving Performances in Accessible Environment

Clara Shannon
April 25, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Recent Stories

As the lights dimmed, the excited chatter of faculty and students filled the tiny Lord Lounge in anticipation of Oberlin’s OSlam! Poetry Showcase on Tuesday, April 22. Three illuminated microphones sat in wait for performers. Abruptly, the chatter burst into explosive applause as the group members... Read more »

On the Record with Editors-in-Chief on 50th Anniversary of ‘Plum Creek Review’

On the Record with Editors-in-Chief on 50th Anniversary of ‘Plum Creek Review’

Vida Weisblum, Staff Writer
April 25, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, On the Record

This semester, the Plum Creek Review — Oberlin’s oldest literary and arts magazine —will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special edition to commemorate its history and longstanding presence on campus. The Review spoke with Editorsin-Chief and College seniors Ryann... Read more »

Everett Eschews Convention, Laughs at Lit Theory

Everett Eschews Convention, Laughs at Lit Theory

Anne Pride-Wilt, Arts Editor
April 11, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Recent Stories

According to Percival Everett, a novel is a little like jazz: “You know it when you see it; you know it when you hear it.” Everett ought to know, as the author of over 20 novels, most recently 2013’s Percival Everett by Virgil Russell. Everett, who is a distinguished professor of English... Read more »

“Tales By Moonlight” Showcases African Literature and Folktales

Rosie Black, Production Manager
April 11, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

“You have an event in your life that wakes you up, and not just you but all the people around you,” College sophomore Sophie Umazi Mvurya said, explaining why she’d chosen to read a passage from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Purple Hibiscus. The setting was “Tales... Read more »

Annual Friendship Day an Artful, Varied Meditation on Companionship

Clara Shannon
April 11, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Music

Despite the chaos that always ensues after spring break, Oberlin students and faculty alike came together to celebrate and honor the meaning of friendship at the Cat in the Cream on Tuesday afternoon. Friendship Day showcased student performers of many forms and genres, including spoken word, jazz, folk,... Read more »

On the Record: Prof. Tim Scholl, director of annual Translation Symposium

On the Record: Prof. Tim Scholl, director of annual Translation Symposium

Phoebe Hammer, Arts Editor
April 4, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

On Tuesday the Comparative Literature department will host its annual Translation Symposium. The Review sat down with Tim Scholl, professor of Russian and Comparative Literature and this year’s director of the event, to talk about its history, impact on students and what to look forward to... Read more »

On the Record: Steve Roggenbuck

On the Record: Steve Roggenbuck

Interview by Mary Fischer
March 14, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, On the Record

This past Saturday, poet Steve Roggen­buck, renowned for his use of the Internet to create a new form of poetry and relation­ship with an audience, held a workshop and poetry reading in Oberlin. As soon as he arrived in Oberlin, the Review sat down with him in DeCafé to ask him about the... Read more »

McBride Pays Homage to Abolitionist John Brown

McBride Pays Homage to Abolitionist John Brown

Anne Pride-Wilt, Arts Editor
March 7, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Music

To call James McBride, OC ’79, a writer is to capture only a small fraction of what the man is capable of. While his 1995 memoir The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother spent over two years on the New York Times bestseller list and his most recent novel, 2013’s... Read more »

Subtlety and Detail Define Traci Brimhall Reading

Mary Fischer
February 14, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

In spite of the long list of awards and fellowships she has received, including the Barnard Women Poets Prize in 2011 and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry in 2013, poet Traci Brimhall’s reading in King last Monday revealed a writer very humble and sincere, unaffected by success.... Read more »

Poetry Reading Showcases Cooperation Between College Students and City Schools

Logan Buckley, Staff Writer
December 6, 2013
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

“I believe this is what they call a capacity crowd,” said Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Lynn Powell to a packed house at the Cat in the Cream on Monday night. The crowd, which was composed of all ages and left little room even to stand, had gathered to hear poems written by Langston... Read more »

First OSlam! Open Mic Showcases Young Poetic Talent

Ruby Saha
November 22, 2013
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

A profoundly personal art form, effective slam poetry relies on the performer’s ability to draw stories from deep within themselves, requiring an incredible amount of resilience and courage. OSlam!, Oberlin’s newest slam poetry group, seeks to create a space where poetry can be accessible and shared... Read more »

Oberlin Alumna Academizes Comics as Contemporary Literature

Grace Pullin
November 15, 2013
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Visual Art

Professor Hillary Chute of the University of Chicago gave an illuminating presentation last Thursday on a topic that was perhaps untraditional for the English Department. As part of the Oberlin Lectures in English & American Literature series, Chute discussed her personal and professional... Read more »