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The Oberlin Review

Seven Poets to Vie for Coveted CUPSI Spots

Seven Poets to Vie for Coveted CUPSI Spots

Victoria Garber, Arts Editor

December 9, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Recent Stories

OSLAM will hold its annual Grand Slam in the Cat in the Cream Saturday at 8 p.m., showcasing an art form steeped in resistance and empowerment to conclude what has been an emotionally and politically fraught semester for many. Poetry slams are the competitive art of performed poetry, putting dual focus on...

Project Unbound Combats Human Trafficking With Fundraiser

Brendan Eprile

October 28, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Music

Over 1,200 children have been rescued by The Human Trafficking Collaborative of Lorain County in the past 10 years. To raise money for its cause and increase awareness, student-run anti-human-trafficking organization Project Unbound’s 3rd Annual Voices Against Human Trafficking gathering will bring to...

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 — ...

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...

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...

Feature Photo: The Conductor

Feature Photo: The Conductor

Danny Evans and Louise Edwards

September 25, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Music

College senior Colin Seikel, performing under the moniker The Conductor, strums his guitar while singing a song from his new album, Blastoff. Seikel teamed up with OSlam poet and fellow College senior B.J. Tindal for a poetry and music showcase at the Cat in the Cream this past Wednesday night. Seikel, ...

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...

Fundraiser Works to Increase Human Trafficking Awareness

Fundraiser Works to Increase Human Trafficking Awareness

Sage Mitchell-Sparke

March 6, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Features

Over 20 million people worldwide are living in slavery. Last Friday at the Cat in the Cream in “Project Unbound: Humans Against Trafficking,” several victims of the modern slave trade shared their stories. College first-year Sarah Blum organized the event, which was dedicated to raising funds and...

Slam Poetry Gains Momentum on Campus

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor

October 10, 2014


Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry

Oberlin’s student-run slam poetry organization, known as OSlam!, is undergoing a critical transformation to manage an overwhelming interest in slam poetry on campus. Last year’s OSlam! participants began auditions Thursday to select finalists for eight additional spots on their performance team,...

Slam Poets Deliver Honest, Moving Performances in Accessible Environment

Slam Poets Deliver Honest, Moving Performances in Accessible Environment

Clara Shannon

April 25, 2014


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Recent Stories

As the lights dimmed, the excited chatter of faculty and students filled the tiny Lord Lounge in anticipation of Oberlin’s OSlam! Poetry Showcase on Tuesday, April 22. Three illuminated microphones sat in wait for performers. Abruptly, the chatter burst into explosive applause as the group members...

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