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 2021 by Dr. Susan McCarty. 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 2020-2021

2020 – 2021 Faculty Adviser(s)

Dr. Susan McCarty’s story collection, Anatomies, was published in 2015 by Aforementioned Productions. Her essays have appeared in Lithub, Ecotone, Creative Nonfiction, the Iowa Review, Utne Reader, and other publications. She has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a Ph.D from the University of Utah. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Oakland University.


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 2020-2021 Student Staff

Caitlyn Ulery, Managing Editor

Caitlyn is pursuing a master’s degree in Liberal Studies at Oakland University, having earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing with a Poetry concentration from OU as well. She hopes to eventually earn her doctorate in Writing and Rhetoric, intending to become a writing professor or a writing center director. Currently, she works as a graduate consultant in the Oakland University Writing Center, in addition to managing the Swallow the Moon student journal. When she is not focused on her passion for writing and literature, she can be found hiking or lounging with her two cats.

Kat Zuzow, Managing Editor

Kat is a senior at Oakland University, and plans to graduate Spring 2021. They’re majoring in Creative Writing with hopes to become an editor, or an author. In their free time, they can be seen playing video games, reading, or taking a nap.

Jaclyn Tockstein, Managing EditorJaclyn_BioPic_2020

Jaclyn is a senior at Oakland University majoring in Professional and Digital Writing. She hopes to one day work for a publishing house as an editor. In the meantime, she has been working as the Assistant Facilitator for the Meadow Brook Writing Project since 2018. It was there, while wandering about the grounds of the grand estate, that she found her voice as a writer. Now, she does everything in her will to inspire young writers to find their voices as well.


 Maddie Eiler, Graphic Arts Editor

Meet Maddie; a senior at Oakland University who is pursuing a Bachelor of Integrative Studies with an emphasis in Communication and Sociology. After graduation in December, she hopes to continue to embrace her vagabond spirit by exploring the world, cultivating community, sharing meaningful and mundane stories, and eating lots and lots of ice cream.

Cassidy Eubanks, Social Media Manager

Cassidy Eubanks is currently a senior majoring in Creative Writing. She is an aspiring author and a freelance editor. When not writing or studying, she can be found binging Critical Role on YouTube, baking mind-blowing chocolate chip cookies, and dramatically lip-syncing to Disney songs.

Ashley Glasper, Copy Editor

Ashley Glasper is a senior at Oakland University, majoring in Integrated Studies with a minor in Journalism. She is excited about graduating in Spring 2021 and continuing her educational journey by pursuing her master’s degree in Journalism. For a career goal, she hopes to one day become a great journalist and a free-lance writer. Ashley enjoys reading and long boarding when she is not studying or working.

Emily Lawrence, Nonfiction Editor

Emily is an undergraduate at Oakland University pursing her B.A. in Writing & Rhetoric and Philosophy, with a minor in Creative Writing. Her intention is to get her PhD in Writing & Rhetoric so she can teach first-year writing at the college level. When not working or doing schoolwork, she enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, hanging out with her friends, watching Scrubs or Star Trek with her husband, and walking her two Pomeranian-mix dogs, Bastion and Mr. Toe.

Eileen LeValley, Copy Editor

Eileen LeValley is a Senior at Oakland University. Her degree path is in Journalism, with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Studio Art. Eileen is back in college after thirty-five years, with over thirty years of work experience in the Hospitality Management Industry. She hopes to utilize her degree for her interest in Freelance Food Writing and Art. She also has one son who is twenty-seven.

Channer Podlesak, Fiction Editor

Channer is a senior at Oakland University who majors in English with minors in Biology and Linguistics. She hopes to work with children upon graduating in the spring, in whatever form that may be. When not at work or school, she can be found furthering her love of literature and spending time with family and friends.

Renee Seledotis, Poetry Editor

Renee Seledotis is a junior at Oakland University with a major in Creative Writing Specialization Fiction and a minor in French Language. She delights in writing speculative fiction and prose poetry and is hoping to someday support herself with her own writing. Her love for a good story extends to animated films and video games of all genres. She also loves making beaded jewelry and spending time with her two cats, Artemis and Blackie.

Caitlin Sinz, Fiction Editor

Caitlin is currently a Senior at Oakland University. She is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, Specializing in Fiction. Caitlin is looking obtaining a career in either a publishing house, or as a content writer, after graduation. When not slaving away at her own writing, she spends time with her kitten Salami (Pictured) or playing video games with her friends on the computer.

Sharese Stribling, Poetry Editor

Sharese Stribling is a senior at Oakland University, majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing. She is looking forward to graduating in the spring, and continuing her education in a Higher Education and Student Affairs Masters program, with hopes of having time to continue her passion for writing in her free time. When she isn’t attempting to tackle her ever-growing to-be-read pile, she can be found watching horror movies on her couch and buying stickers on Etsy.

Jake Warsaw, Copy Editor

Jake Warsaw is a junior at Oakland University, majoring in Psychology while indulging in creative writing classes to feed his creative side. He has been writing since he was twelve and hopes to pair his writing with his work in psychology after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in 2021. He aims to become a counseling psychologist and published writer later in his career. Other than studying and working retail, he spends his time playing videogames, journaling, and longboarding.