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The Oberlin Review

Subtlety and Detail Define Traci Brimhall Reading

Mary Fischer
February 14
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....

Poetry Reading Showcases Cooperation Between College Students and City Schools

Logan Buckley, Staff Writer
December 6
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...

First OSlam! Open Mic Showcases Young Poetic Talent

Ruby Saha
November 22
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...

Oberlin Alumna Academizes Comics as Contemporary Literature

Grace Pullin
November 15
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 history with...

Touring Poets Work to Create Safer Space at the Cat

Nora Kipnis
November 1
Filed under ARTS, Features, Features, Literature & Poetry, NEWS

“We have an uncensored microphone and if you come up here, you can say whatever you want because it’s freedom of speech. But if you say something that hurts somebody, then please be prepared to have a non-defensive conversation with them.”   This is how Greg McKillop began the slam poetry session of th...

Budding Poet Demonstrates True Talent at Joint Reading

Logan Buckley, Staff Writer
October 11
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

“I’ve been walking south for many nights now, / Heading south in Bangladesh / Where the sea churns / Into a hundred deltas / And the landscape looks like a rotting nail.” So begins Zubair Ahmed’s debut poetry collection, City of Rivers. That poem was also the one he chose to open the reading he gav...

Roche Returns to Share Poetic Music, Oberlin Anecdotes

Nora Kipnis
October 4
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Music

“Is that bothering you guys?” singer-songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche, OC ’03, slyly asked in her feather-light voice, as she stood in red leather boots and tuning a guitar with a borrowed strap on the Cat in the Cream stage last Thursday. The audience laughed, and it was unclear when exactly she...

Powell and Glaser Flex Poetic Muscles at Reading

Logan Buckley, Staff Writer
October 4
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Uncategorized

The Main Street Readings series featured an unusual treat this weekend, as Oberlin Professor of Creative Writing Lynn Powell and her friend and fellow poet Elton Glaser read from their new work in the FAVA Gallery. Glaser, distinguished professor emeritus of English at the University of Akron, read from...

America Libre Author Discusses Work, Cultural Stereotypes

Logan Buckley
September 27
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

“The origins of any political revolution parallel the beginnings of life on our planet. The amino acids and proteins lie inert in a volatile primordial brew until a random lightning strike suddenly brings them to life.” This foreboding quote, attributed to José Antonio Marcha, begins Raul Ramon...

Nuanced Poetry Addresses Nuclear Issues

Logan Buckley, Staff Writer
September 20
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken hosted a reading on Tuesday in Wilder 101 of her latest collection of poems, Plume, published last year. The poems in Plume, which Flenniken said started as “a few poems about growing up” that she couldn’t stop writing, center thematically on...

Berry, Jackson Team Up to Tackle Sustainable Agriculture, Assert Importance of Liberal Arts

Nora Kipnis
September 13
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

To kick off this year’s Convocation series, author Wendell Berry and acclaimed scientist Wes Jackson met in Finney Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 10 to discuss environmentalism, sustainable agriculture and the role of a liberal arts education. Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics David Orr moderated...

On The Record: Professor Kazim Ali on His Feature in The American Poetry Review

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

Can you start by telling me about your profile in the September issue of The American Poetry Review? I’ve been in The American Poetry Review several times in the past, but this is the first time that I’ve been on the cover, of course. They’ve also included a feature of my work inside, five ...

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