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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 »

Zadie Smith Lectures on Ethics of Writing

Zadie Smith Lectures on Ethics of Writing

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
October 2, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry, Recent Stories

Renowned novelist, essayist and author of short stories Zadie Smith met with loud applause from an audience in Finney Chapel at the beginning of her convocation Tuesday evening. “You don’t know what I’m going to say yet. You might hate it,” Smith responded. Yet clearly many audience members had... Read more »

Duo Delivers Imaginitive, Inclusive Multimedia Performance

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
October 2, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Spoken word artist Alixa Garcia beatboxed on pan flute while her audience at the Cat in the Cream clapped along enthusiastically last Friday night. Pan flute music is part of Garcia’s Colombian heritage, and she played upon notions of traditional rhythm by altering the way she blew into the pipes.... Read more »

OSlam Sponsors Kai Davis to Support Poets of Color

OSlam Sponsors Kai Davis to Support Poets of Color

Kyle Roach
October 2, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

OSlam, Oberlin’s slam poetry team and club will welcome writer and performer Kai Davis for a night of spoken word poetry Saturday night. Davis is a Creative Writing and African-American Studies major at Temple University, and her work has been featured at the San Francisco Opera House, The Kimmel... Read more »

Feature Photo: OSlam

Feature Photo: OSlam

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
May 8, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry

College sophomore Annika Hansteen Izora passionately delivers a spoken word poem at OSlam’s final slam showcase. The showcase was a cumulative display of all the hard work that OSlam members have invested in creating a repertoire of moving, powerful poetry. Poets reprised old favorites and presented... Read more »

Blackout Poetry Enters Classroom

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
April 24, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

If you like poetry and you like Pinterest, chances are you might have caught a glimpse of blackout poetry floating around on the internet. Blackout poetry refers to a form of poetry supposedly created by Newspaper Blackout creator Austin Kleon, in which poets black out words on a pre-existing page of ... Read more »

Vijay Seshadri, OC ’74, Salutes Oberlin in Final Convocation

Vijay Seshadri, OC ’74, Salutes Oberlin in Final Convocation

Mohit Dubey
April 10, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry

This year’s Convocation Series ended on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with the solemn tones of Vijay Seshadri, OC ’74, reading his Pulitzer Prize– winning poetry. Born in India but raised in nearby Columbus, OH, where his father worked as a chemistry professor at Ohio State, Seshadri showed strong inclinations... Read more »

Mudd Library’s Special Collections and Letterpress Thrive Thanks to Vermue

Mudd Library’s Special Collections and Letterpress Thrive Thanks to Vermue

Jeremy Reynolds, Staff Writer
April 3, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Visual Art

Ed Vermue and I failed to acknowledge one another as we impatiently brushed past in the hallway before whirling in a simultaneous double-take, recognition arriving just a second too late. I had caught him miderrand, and rather than pop back into his office (for reasons I discovered later), we settled... Read more »

On the Record with Bad Writing Organizers Srijit Ghosh and Paris Gravely

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
December 12, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, On the Record

College seniors Paris Gravely and Srijit Ghosh joined forces to organize a celebratory weekend of poetry titled Bad Writing, in which they brought poets Jaswinder Bolina, Tarfia Faizullah and Richard Siken to campus. The two Creative Writing majors shared their experiences in putting together the stu... Read more »

Creative Writing Students Mentor Young Poets

Liam McLean, Staff Writer
December 5, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry

“I was told to write a love poem. I have a try and hope you like it,” seventh-grader Emma Comings read into the microphone on the Cat in the Cream stage, beginning her unassuming but gorgeously lyrical love poem “Sorry, I Tried.” Comings was one of 100 sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students... Read more »