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Lorain’s FireFish Spectacle Signals Restoration

Lorain’s FireFish Spectacle Signals Restoration

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
September 23, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Literature & Poetry, Music, Recent Stories, Visual Art

A giant fish paraded through the center of town, floated down the river and set on fire barely scratches the surface of the display at the second annual FireFish festival, which took place last Saturday. The city of Lorain’s downtown and boardwalk areas were transformed into thoroughfares of public art... Read more »

UGH Magazine: Battle Cry for Millennial Feminists

Rachel Mead
September 2, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Like many of today’s best ideas, UGH Magazine began with a Google Doc. If you use the internet regularly and your friends are feminist millennials, you might know about RookieMag, Tavi Genison’s online teen magazine. If you’re part of the twenty-something crowd, you might be reading articles ... Read more »

Fang First Femme of Color to Win Howell Poetry Prize

Fang First Femme of Color to Win Howell Poetry Prize

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
May 6, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

College senior Dana Fang won this year’s annual Emma Howell Memorial Poetry Contest, awarded by Oberlin’s Creative Writing department. Fang is both the first femme of color and the first Asian-American poet to win the prize, which honors Creative Writing and Comparative Literature major Emma Howell,... Read more »

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 »

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