The Oakland Arts Review is staffed by undergraduate and graduate students of Oakland University, and one faculty adviser from the Department of English.

Students interested in participating in the journal may register for CW 3800, a Special Topics class in Editing and Publishing taught in Fall 2019 by Dr. Alison Powell. More information can be found by reviewing the OU Schedule of Classes. The class meets TR from 3:00-4:47 p.m.

If you are unable to take the class but are interested in volunteering in the future, you must be an undergraduate student at Oakland University. For more information, please fill out an OAR Volunteer Application and attach it to an email to All students are encouraged to apply.

Current OAR Staff 2019-2020

2019 – 2020 Faculty Adviser(s)


Dr. Alison Powell’s first collection of poems, On the Desire to Levitate, was selected as the 2013 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize winner and published by Ohio University Press in March 2014. It was selected as one of “Thirty Amazing Poetry Titles for Spring 2014” by the Library Journal and was recently featured on PBS NewsHour’s Weekly Poem edition. She has been a Guest Editor for Crazyhorse and an editorial assistant at the Indiana Review. Her poetry has appeared in American Literary Review, Boston Review, Guernica, AGNI, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Antioch Review and others, and is forthcoming from Alaska Quarterly Review, Copper Nickel, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She is Assistant Professor of Poetry at Oakland University.

jeffDr. Jeffrey Chapman’s fiction has appeared in journals including Bellingham Review, Hawaii Review, Spork, Fiction International, The South Carolina Review and elsewhere; essays and graphic stories have appeared in Barrow Street and The Florida Review. More information about Dr. Chapman can be found here:

Fall 2019-2020 Student Staff

GOULD, NICHOLENichole Gould, 

Nichole attends Oakland University, with a Major in Creative Writing and a Minor in Advertising. She is employed at Aurora Publicity and works with authors on their advertising campaigns. She hopes one day to work at a publishing house as an editor, to get her MFA in Creative Writing, and to publish many novels of her own. Her interests include hiking, reading, writing, ice cream, and playing with her dog Rambo and cat Kyle.

T12LFKWVC-UJSLC8YMA-1ee4983f986c-512 Lauren Ramer,

Lauren is a senior at Oakland University, majoring in English with a minor in Linguistics. She has her sights set on a career in book publication, with a special interest in queer literature and science-fiction/fantasy. Aside from an overall fascination with language, she is also enthusiastic about environmental issues and her three dogs.