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 2018 by Dr. Alison Powell. More information can be found by reviewing the OU Schedule of Classes. The class meets MWF from 1:20-2:30 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 2018-2019

2018 – 2019 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 2018-2019 Student Staff

  emily-stamper-pic.jpgEmily Stamper, Managing Editor

Emily is a senior with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in English who dreams of a day when she makes enough money to adopt every homeless dog. After graduating, she is planning on pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing or a career in the publishing industry. She is hoping to become a published author someday and when not in class, at work, or writing, she can be found riding horses, cuddling with her dog, or pretending to be good at photography.  

 Veronica Selke picVeronica SelkeFiction/Nonfiction Editor

Veronica is a senior majoring in English and minoring in psychology. She works at Oakland University’s Writing Center where she helps fellow students revise and expand their work.  Her favorite authors include Bret Easton Ellis, Irvine Welsh, and Kate Chopin.  She loves playing with her dog, watching Game of Thrones, and listening to rock.

shyanne-totoraitis.jpgShyanne Totoraitis, Fiction/Nonfiction Editor

Shyanne is a junior at Oakland University, majoring in English.  She is a wife and mother of three who struggles to know if whomever she is putting first, among them and herself, and when, is right.  She is a self-proclaimed writer of half a novel who hopes to one day boast of having a published book.  Her future aspirations include working as an editor, in some capacity.

Olivia Brown PicOlivia Brown, Poetry Editor

Olivia is a junior at Oakland University. She is double-majoring in English and Creative Writing and hopes to add to this collection with a Linguistics minor. When she’s not busy running late to classes, Olivia enjoys YouTube binges, fawning over dogs, reading, and going to the gym. Olivia means to earn her Masters in English so that she can work in the publishing industry as an editor. Her greatest dream is to make a name for herself in the world of publishing and to own a pack of small dogs.

Hannah Lewis PicHannah Lewis, Poetry Editor

Hannah is a junior at Oakland University majoring in Journalism and minoring in Creative Writing. She enjoys insects, talking too loudly, poetry, and martial arts. She is currently ranked in three styles of martial arts: Ryukyu Kempo, Small Circle Jujitsu, and Modern Arnis. She is highest ranked in Ryukyu Kempo, in which she holds a second-degree black belt. Outside of martial arts, Hannah has been writing poetry every day of 2018 in hopes of self-publishing a book early next year with a close friend.
Shelby Jeffrey, Copy EditorShelby Jeffrey Pic

Shelby is a junior at Oakland University majoring in English and minoring in Biology. In her free time, she likes reading, writing poetry, going camping, going thrifting, and watching old movies.


Amy Reese Gauthier, Copy Editor

Amy Reese is a senior at Oakland University with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in English.  She aims to publish her own novel one day and secure a job as an editor at a publishing house.  Her other passions include dressing up in cosplay at anime conventions, playing video games when she’s supposed to be doing homework, and spending outrageous sums of money on concerts all across North America.  In the future, she hopes to live in a big city with her closest friends and a bunch of cats.