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The Oberlin Review

On the Record: Prof. Tim Scholl, director of annual Translation Symposium

On the Record: Prof. Tim Scholl, director of annual Translation Symposium

Phoebe Hammer, Arts Editor

April 4, 2014


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

On Tuesday the Comparative Literature department will host its annual Translation Symposium. The Review sat down with Tim Scholl, professor of Russian and Comparative Literature and this year’s director of the event, to talk about its history, impact on students and what to look forward to next week...

On the Record: Steve Roggenbuck

On the Record: Steve Roggenbuck

Interview by Mary Fischer

March 14, 2014


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, On the Record

This past Saturday, poet Steve Roggen­buck, renowned for his use of the Internet to create a new form of poetry and relation­ship with an audience, held a workshop and poetry reading in Oberlin. As soon as he arrived in Oberlin, the Review sat down with him in DeCafé to ask him about the Internet ...

McBride Pays Homage to Abolitionist John Brown

McBride Pays Homage to Abolitionist John Brown

Anne Pride-Wilt, Arts Editor

March 7, 2014


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Music

To call James McBride, OC ’79, a writer is to capture only a small fraction of what the man is capable of. While his 1995 memoir The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother spent over two years on the New York Times bestseller list and his most recent novel, 2013’s The Good Lord...

Subtlety and Detail Define Traci Brimhall Reading

Mary Fischer

February 14, 2014


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, 2013


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, 2013


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, 2013


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, 2013


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, 2013


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, 2013


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, 2013


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, 2013


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...

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