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The Oberlin Review

Hong’s Language Gives Poetic Sound New Meaning

Louise Edwards, Arts editor
October 9
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...

Zadie Smith Lectures on Ethics of Writing

Zadie Smith Lectures on Ethics of Writing

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
October 2
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...

Duo Delivers Imaginitive, Inclusive Multimedia Performance

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
October 2
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....

OSlam Sponsors Kai Davis to Support Poets of Color

OSlam Sponsors Kai Davis to Support Poets of Color

Kyle Roach
October 2
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...

Feature Photo: OSlam

Feature Photo: OSlam

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
May 8
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...

Blackout Poetry Enters Classroom

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
April 24
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 ...

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

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

Mohit Dubey
April 10
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...

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
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...

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

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
December 12
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...

Creative Writing Students Mentor Young Poets

Liam McLean, Staff Writer
December 5
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...

Creative Writing Alumni Visit Oberlin For Flawed Yet Enjoyable Fiction Reading

Aviva Blonder, Staff Writer
November 21
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

According to Edan Lepucki, OC ’02, it was the “apotheosis of achievement” to return to campus and read aloud from her latest novel alongside fellow Oberlin graduate Jacob Bacharach, OC ’03, Thursday, Nov. 13. Her opening remarks reflected the tone of the evening: casual, but not without significance...

Feature Photo: Slam Poetry Duo Performs at Cat

Feature Photo: Slam Poetry Duo Performs at Cat

Jeremy Reynolds, Arts Editor
November 7
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry

Sister Outsider, the slam poetry stage name of Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman, performed at the Cat in the Cream on Sunday as part of a tour of U.S. colleges. Both performers are recent winners of the Women of the World Poetry Slam competition and have won numerous other titles throughout their...

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