The Newest Issue of OAR Has Arrived!

Volume 6 has arrived, fashionably late, epidemically late, world shatteringly, strange-new-normalizingly late. And with it stories, poems, essays, art and comics written by a new generation of artists struggling (and succeeding beautifully, heartachingly) to make something in a different world. Thank you to all our contributors, and to last year's staff, who did all this … Continue reading The Newest Issue of OAR Has Arrived!

Using Narrative Storytelling on Your Next Job Resume

By Antonio Verrelli “We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.” — Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human I love this quote. It doesn’t need any scientific data to prove it’s true because, for the … Continue reading Using Narrative Storytelling on Your Next Job Resume

The Problem with Scholarship Essays: Everyone Loves an Underdog

By Malaena Caldwell Recount a time in your life where you overcame adversity. Or, Describe a time in your life that has shaped who you are as a person.  These are questions taken directly from multiple departmental-merit scholarships I’ve applied for during my time as an undergraduate student, and as I prepare my applications for … Continue reading The Problem with Scholarship Essays: Everyone Loves an Underdog

Importance of Diversity in Children’s Literature

by Madeline Elier Reading is fundamental to the human experience. It gives us a space to learn about the world and begin to process how to exist and interact with others as social beings. Growing up, I read books like Charlotte’s Web, Alice in Wonderland, and Madeline, all of which portrayed a lifestyle that was … Continue reading Importance of Diversity in Children’s Literature

Hemingway’s Iceberg Theory: A Tool for Detail

by Renee Seledotis Ernest Hemingway’s “Iceberg Theory” states that the deeper meaning of a story should shine through implicitly. Like an iceberg, the surface of the story, what is revealed to the reader, should be barely anything compared to what lies beneath. The more the author knows about the story, the fuller and richer it … Continue reading Hemingway’s Iceberg Theory: A Tool for Detail