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 ENG 300 (45669), a Special Topics class in Editing and Publishing taught in Fall 2017 by Prof. Jeffrey Chapman. More information can be found by reviewing the OU Schedule of Classes. The class meets TR from 10 – 12 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 2017-2018

2017 – 2018 Faculty Adviser(s)

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:



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.


Fall 2017 Student Staff

Taylar BerryTaylar Berry, Screenwriting Editor

Taylar is a creative writing major and film minor here at Oakland university. She believes nothing can fix a bad day like a good movie and ice cream.



Sarah Bodnar, Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize Editor


Jennifer CarrJennifer Carr

Jenn is a junior majoring in Communications with a longtime love of creative writing. In addition to writing, her hobbies include: watching horror films both great and terrible, sewing, petting everybody’s dogs, scouring flea markets for treasures, agonizing over her bangs, and making lists.


Patrick CrowleyPatrick Crowley

Patrick is a senior majoring in cinema studies with a minor in creative writing. Patrick aspires to work in television and live in a big city. In his free time, Patrick attends as many concerts and stand-up shows as he can. He enjoys going to thrift stores and flea markets to add to his ever-growing collection of records and VHS tapes.


Marquita Davis


Nicholas DrabantNicholas Drabant

Nicholas is a junior Creative Writing major who hopes to one day be able to sleep for eight full hours. He’s enjoyed writing since he was very young, and hopes to one day be able to entertain people with what he writes.


Caitlyn DugasCaitlyn Dugas

Caitlyn is a senior at Oakland University majoring in English. When she’s not in class, she can be found at the beach or Barnes & Noble. Her long term goals are to become an English teacher and save dolphins.


Kiersten FarstvedtKiersten FarstvedtFiction Editor

Kiersten is currently a senior at Oakland University, where she is majoring in English and minoring in both Writing and Rhetoric and Creative Writing. Kiersten enjoys working at the Oakland University Writing Center with her friends, where she has worked for three years as a consultant and, more recently, as a consultant mentor. Kiersten served as the vice president of the Oakland University Student Writer’s Group in 2016 and has been named the president for 2017. Through this club, she enjoys editing the group’s annual creative writing journal, Swallow the Moon. In the summer of 2017, Kiersten worked as an editorial intern for Dzanc Books, a small publishing company based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She found this experience to be truly rewarding, as she someday wants to work as an editor in the publishing field. In her spare time, Kiersten loves to read, hang out with her family and friends, and travel.


Darby FreemanDarby Freeman 

Darby is a junior at Oakland University with a major in English. She is also a photographer who loves doing spur-of-the-moment photo shoots. She loves going to bookstores and trying new restaurants and cafes. If she could, she would have her own pet fox.


Reynelda Hani

Reynelda is political science major who always had an interest in more creative subjects, such as writing and journaling. She mostly spends her day eating and staying at home when she doesn’t have to work. Although she wants to get into law, she wishes she could get paid to travel the world.

Catherine KalesavichCatherine Kalesavich

Cat is a senior and will be graduating in the spring with a major in English and a minor in History. Obsessions include but are not limited to: Lana Del Rey, The Mindy Project, and excessively tagging her friends and family in memes on Instagram. If she were to stumble upon a Time Machine, Cat would travel back in time to the 1920’s to party with F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. She is looking forward to being out of school (the senioritis is real) and hopes to pursue a career in publishing.


Kristin KaschalkKristin Kaschalk

Kristin is a senior majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Communications. She is hoping to be a published author one day. Other than writing and reading, Kristin enjoys watching movies, country music, participating in winter guard, and planning her next trip to Disney.


Kyle KeithKyle KeithCopy Editor

Kyle is a post-bachelor English student with a BA in Journalism. He was a reporter for the OU News Bureau and contributing baseball writer for Rant Sports. He has hobbies ranging from playing guitar to speed-solving the Rubik’s cube, and he insists that the latter is much easier than it looks.


Alanna ManserAlanna Manser

Alanna is a senior at Oakland University, majoring in English. When she’s not at work or in class you can usually find her at home reading or out with her friends. She is an avid writer and is working toward publishing a novel of her own one day. After graduation, Alanna is looking to pursue a career as a book editor or columnist for a magazine.


Natalie NolandNatalie NolandAssistant Managing Editor

Natalie is a senior who will graduate with a degree in English and minors in Spanish and Creative Writing. She is an editorial intern at Dzanc Books, and when she graduates in December, she plans to pursue either an MFA in creative writing or a job in the publishing industry. She is a Texan, a cat lover, Taylor Swift’s biggest fan, and when not reading or writing, she can be found shoe-shopping or crushing the patriarchy.


Catherine O'GormanCatherine O’GormanNon-fiction Editor

Catherine isn’t your typical fourth-year English major. She enjoys teaching dance for a living, enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, and likes watching horror movies much to the dismay of her friends. Her goal is to become an editor at a publishing house one day, and to hopefully visit another country other than Canada by the time she turns thirty.


Elizabeth PecoraroElizabeth PecoraroSocial Media/Online Editor

Elizabeth is majoring in English and minoring in Advertising. When she isn’t studying or taking naps she can be found dancing, listening to music and teaching herself American Sign Language. She hopes to one day publish her own novel, but until then she hopes to work in the publishing and editorial field.


Gordon PickeringGordon Pickering

Gordie is a Creative Writing/Screenwriting major nearing graduation. An aspiring writer for animation, his other hobbies include dropping witty one-liners in the middle of conversation, being addicted to technology like some sort of zombie, and trying to get his cat Archibald off of him so he can actually get something done for once.


Elyse QuesadaElyse Quesada, Publicity and Marketing Editor

Elyse is a Junior at Oakland University, dual-majoring in English and Theater with an emphasis on performance. She has earned a certificate in Screenwriting from the Motion Picture Institute of Troy, and studied improvisational performance at Go! Comedy in Ferndale. When not working on her latest creative project, she enjoys long walks, black coffee, and bad decisions such as following beer with flavored liquor, eating the sushi trays from the University cafeteria, or watching true crime documentaries after dark (the scariest monsters are the ones we encounter in real life, because they look just like everybody else).


Jack SlaytonJack Slayton

Jack is an undergraduate student at Oakland majoring in Creative Writing with a focus in fiction. Writing is one of the few things that he loves to do. He hopes to become an author later in life, but if that doesn’t work out, Jack hopes to be an editor with some type of publishing company.


Gabe ToupinGabriel Toupin

Gabriel is a senior undergraduate studying English and Philosophy at Oakland University as well as studying to earn a Master Sommelier title. His poetry has previously been featured in Innovative Fiction Magazine.


Jessica TrudeauJessica TrudeauManaging Editor

Jessica is a junior pursuing a degree in Engish (and a minor in Women and Gender Studies). She spends most of her free time blogging, reading, binge-watching One Tree Hill on Netflix, and calling home to check on her pet fish. Jessica hopes to one day work in the book publishing industry.


Carlton WalkerCarlton WalkerPoetry Editor 

Carlton is a senior at Oakland University majoring in Cinema Studies with a minor in Creative Writing. Carlton has currently watched the entire The Office series 3 times and is working on a fourth time. He enjoys taking naps every chance he gets, is obsessed with cheesecake and fries, wishes his life was a musical so his spontaneously bursting into song will be more acceptable, and loves Harry Potter. After college, his goal is to write poetry, scripts and aim for a book.


Jillian WrightJillian Wright

Jillian is a senior creative writing major with a cinema studies minor. She enjoys drinking warm tea on rainy mornings, writing stories, and filming videos for her YouTube channel. Hopefully someday, you will find her with a suitcase in one hand and a camera in the other, heading somewhere new – or to a Disney theme park.