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, Managing Editor

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, Nonfiction Editor

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.

IMG_7356 Cassidy Swope, Copy Editor

Cassidy is currently pursuing her degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a minor in Creative Writing. She is interested in having a career related to professional or creative editing and has hopes of writing her own work in her free time. When she isn’s writing or reading she enjoys spending time out on the water or hunting for bargain books.

1CFBB9B0-2755-49B1-913C-0F4173BBC52AKaitlyn Neal, Poetry Editor

Kaitlyn Neal is a senior at Oakland University, majoring in English and is looking for a future career in technical editing, particularly in scientific fields. Beyond business related interests, she also paints professional pet portraits for clients as well as plays and teaches piano in leisurely time. Being from an extremely musical family, one of her hobbies is going to concerts from local bands with her parents and siblings. She also dotes on her two well-spoiled boxer dogs, Eva and Lemmy.

IMG_3273.jpegApril Sonnenberg, Copy Editor

April Sonnenberg is a senior at Oakland University, majoring in sociology. She plans on going to graduate school for a masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. April enjoys reading, listening to music, exploring outdoor places she really shouldn’t be in, and spending quality time with her cat, Olivia.


Kayti Murray, Fiction Editor

Kayti Murray (she/her) is a former social worker who is currently pursuing her passions as a second undergraduate degree student at Oakland University. She is a Creative Writing major whose primary interests focus on speculative fiction and the voices of marginalized writers. She has previously earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master in Social Work from Wayne State University. A self-identified Romantic, hundreds of years out of time, she can usually be found curled up in a cemetery with a favorite book when she is not spending time with friends, family, and her beloved Norwegian Forest Cat, Princess Leia Mewgana.

IMG_MakMakenzie Jones, Poetry Editor

Makenzie Jones is a senior at Oakland University, majoring in Creative Writing. She looks forward to graduating soon and dreams of being a novelist one day but remains undecided in what her career will look like in the meantime. When she’s not indulging her love of stories, whether by reading, writing, or via the silver screen, she enjoys spending quality time with friends, peaceful breaks by the lake, and investing in the lives of foster children through Royal Family Kids Camp and foster youth through Teen Reach Adventure Camp.