While I drink my iced coffee and walk my dogs in this fine spring weather, the world is shifting around me in unsettling and marvelous ways. With the haphazard flourishing of dandelions comes the equally-haphazard (yet heartening) flourish of ideas to combat climate change. There is the continued bloom of the #MeToo and #BLM movements, … Continue reading The Newest Issue of OAR Has Arrived!
Personal taste is hard to define. When I ask friends for book recommendations, I often struggle to articulate what I'm looking for, saying, "I can tell you what I don't like, at least." Even after years of this, I haven't come any closer to narrowing it down; I've only learned who to stop asking because I … Continue reading How Do We Know What We Like?
With the rapid rise of ebooks and digital forms of reading, many are asking questions about the future of literature and storytelling. Will print books continue to exist? Is it possible to create impactful, emotionally-charged narratives in an exclusively digital format? Do we have any idea what that could even look like? Well...we just might. … Continue reading Storytelling for the Digital Age
One of the only good things about middle school was that I always had time to read. In high school, this time decreased significantly and was diminished even further upon entering college. Now I spend my summers desperate to consume every book that has been patiently waiting on my shelves or drifting in the back … Continue reading How to Find the Time to Read
The passing of beloved poet Mary Oliver was a tremendous loss to all factions of our country's writing community. In addition to being beautifully nature-based, her verses were visually-saturated, and had a knack for drawing quiet relationships between humanity and the natural world. Though she was inarguably a romantic poet, I will forever view her … Continue reading Artist Interview: Sensational Imagery With Melissa Spohr Weiss
There's something to be said for simplistic writing. Writing that is accessible, sentences that are sparsely packed. The kind of language that is effortless to read, but engaging all the same. And of course there are times and places for Maggie Nelson's lyric essays, and Anne Valente's purring prose, but more often than not, I'm … Continue reading Artist Interview: For the Love of Simplicity With Allison Boyce
There's something about food images in poetry that make me snap to attention. Certain cooking terms possess a magical musicality that can make a stanza hiss and bounce like a flaming pan of peppers. The names of exotic fish and fruit can be like conjuring spells that make lines livid with energy. Though I have … Continue reading Artist Interview: “Crumby” Poetry With Emily Paquette-Leahy
In my experience, nonfiction writers today seem to err on the side of being dishonest, if only to strengthen the sincerity of their stories. And as a rule, dishonest nonfiction tends to be more provocative and memorable than its truthful counterpart. That said, when James Braun's submission appeared among the others, myself and the … Continue reading Artist Interview: The Craft of Story-telling With James Braun
Every summer brings a barrage of expensive new swimsuits, patios reeking of sunscreen, and slews of brand new, aesthetically-pleasing books. But seeing as my years as an undergrad are coming to a close, I'm feeling much more nostalgic this sunburn season. It's the end of an era for me, and while I love bingeing new … Continue reading Oldies But Goodies: Summer Reading 2019
Whether you've been writing creatively for a few weeks or a few years, it's always helpful to bounce your plots, writing styles, and characters off other people. But finding individuals who know enough about the craft to effectively praise and critique your work can be tricky. Luckily, events like writer's conferences are held all-year round, … Continue reading Writing Conferences: Ins, Outs, and Upcoming Opportunities