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Álvarez Writes on War Trauma, Healing

Matías Berretta, Staff Writer
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

On April 17, a lazy Sunday afternoon, the light of Ohio’s long-missed sun flooded through the French windows of Harvey House. The siesta spell broke as Language Teaching Assistant in Hispanic Studies Gabriela Garcia Greco picked up a microphone to greet the audience and introduce award-winning Venezuelan... Read more »

‘Dear Committee Members’ Pokes Fun at Academic Hierarchy

‘Dear Committee Members’ Pokes Fun at Academic Hierarchy

Matías Berretta, Staff Writer
April 15, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Professor of Creative Writing Dan Chaon introduced fiction writer Julie Schumacher, OC ’81, with great pride Wednesday. Chaon informed the audience that Schumacher’s first published story, “Reunion,” was written to fulfill an undergraduate creative writing assignment at Oberlin before it was... Read more »

Student Translators Face Ethical, Lexical Challenges

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
April 1, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

The Annual Student Translation Symposium, a celebration of language, culture and the art of communicating, allows students to present their original translations and give short talks on their personal translation processes. It has taken place at Oberlin every year for more than a decade. This year,... Read more »

Nautical Poetry Tells Tale of Hurricane Sandy

Matías Berretta, Staff Writer
April 1, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Chair of the Creative Writing Program Kazim Ali began a poetry reading by Margaret Ross and Robin Beth Schaer on March 10 by asking those in attendance if they recognized the metrical pattern of the radiator’s rhythmic banging — a trochaic beat. This was a fitting observation, as both Ross and S... Read more »

Multimedia Poet Taps into Subconscious Realms

Multimedia Poet Taps into Subconscious Realms

Matías Berretta, Staff Writer
March 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Recent Stories

Poetry has long existed as a multimedia art form. Homeric poems, for example, used to be performed with musical accompaniment. The relationship between poetry and other art forms was evident last Thursday in Dye Lecture Hall when New York-based performance poet Adeena Karasick wowed the students present... Read more »

Visiting Professor Celebrates Bird Hill Release

Visiting Professor Celebrates Bird Hill Release

Jake Frankenfield
March 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

The Creative Writing and Africana Studies departments hosted Visiting Creative Writing Professor Naomi Jackson on Feb. 25. She read excerpts from her newly published book The Star Side of Bird Hill. The book, a coming-of-age novel that moves from Brooklyn to Barbados, was characterized by Jackson as “a ... Read more »

Smith’s Poetry a Bible Verse, Queer Anthem

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
March 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Slam Poet Danez Smith, hailing from St. Paul, MN, opened their performance at the Cat in the Cream Saturday with “Genesissy,” a piece that was part Bible verse, part hymn and part queer anthem. They balanced humorous lines like, “And on the tenth day, God wore a blood-red sequin body suit, dropped... Read more »

Johnson Converts Insults to Compliments in Poetry

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
February 26, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Editor’s note: This article contains a racial slur. Spoken word poet Janae Johnson opened her performance Saturday at the Cat in the Cream with a “basketball poem.” She filled the room with empowering lines: “She’ll be picked last, but she’ll outshoot the entire team” and “He mad — ... Read more »

OSLAM Switches Focus with Love-Centric Slam

OSLAM Switches Focus with Love-Centric Slam

Max Van Cooper
February 19, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

The night before Valentine’s Day, the Cat in the Cream filled with excited OSLAM fans. The large audience spilled onto the floor; friends huddled in from the cold with coffee and cookies. OSLAM is best known for its gripping political and emotional poetry, but the group’s Feb. 13 performance focused... Read more »

WITS Poetry Residencies Expand

WITS Poetry Residencies Expand

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
December 4, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry, Recent Stories

Seventh-grader Leo Carter read his poem “Sequoia Trees” at the Langston Middle School poetry reading and book launch at the Cat in the Cream Monday. “So tall, it looks like they could / shishkabob the sky. So wide, / the shadow is like an eclipse / over the ground,” Carter read. His poem, part... Read more »

McCrae Depicts Survival, Self-Doubt Through Verse

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
November 13, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Director of the Creative Writing Program Kazim Ali and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Shane McCrae gave a reading together at Afrikan Heritage House on Thursday, Nov. 5 that featured works from their new books, both published this year. McCrae, who went first, read the poem “How You Are... Read more »

Hong’s Language Gives Poetic Sound New Meaning

Louise Edwards, Arts editor
October 9, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry

Cathy Park Hong, OC ’98, opened the first poetry reading sponsored by the Creative Writing department last Friday with “Roles,” the first piece from her book Dance Dance Revolution. “Opal o opus, / behole, neon hibiscus bloom beacons! / ‘Tan Lotion Tanya’ billboard . . . she / your lucent... Read more »