Oakland Arts Review Vol. 4

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Volume 4 / Winter 2019

In this issue, student work engages contemporary political and cultural issues. “The Morning” is a poem about the morning after the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA. The author of the piece is Ellie Long, an undergraduate student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Other works that consider racial discrimination and police brutality, such as “I Did Not Ask” by Ifeoluwa Bada (University of Texas) and “Negro Paranoia” by Khadijah Green (Christian Brothers University). For the first time OAR is printing a piece entirely in Spanish, followed by its translation (“Los Orishos” by Christoper Cannon of Case Western Reserve University). A finely written short story by Nakul Grover (Penn State) entitled “Mrs. Nair” considers the challenges of assimilation. Finally, pieces like the short story “Pretty” by Miranda Jacobson (Sierra Nevada College) and the prose poem “Whole” by McKenna Christian (University of San Diego) are perfectly pitched for the #MeToo era.

As with previous issues, Vol. 4 includes international students and students from Oakland University. We have pieces from students at Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Oxford University, and University of British Columbia. Other colleges represented include Brown, UT Austin, College of William and Mary, Florida State, Univ. of Arizona, Louisiana State Univ., Macalester College, Warren Wilson, Brandeis, The New School, Indiana University, UC-Riverside, University of San Diego, and more.