For the better part of my life, I have struggled when people ask me what I intended to be when I got older. Sometimes I answered “writer”, and I’ve already achieved that. Other times I answered “artist”, which I’ve also tucked into my cap. For the longest time reconciling these two strong skills has been … Continue reading Advice for Writing and Art (Maybe Life)
As writers, we feel a huge amount of pressure to be original 24/7. Works derived from others are seen as being watered down, tasteless, and just plain rude. Why is this? As writers, we are constantly hyper-aware of other writers’ ideas and fearful of plagiarism – as we should be – but why do we … Continue reading Imitation: No Shame in That Game!
Have you ever thought about what inspires you? Whether it be a person, a goal you have set for yourself, or a phrase out of a book, inspiration is a motivating force. A popular way to pay homage to what inspires us is to get it permanently marked on our bodies as a tattoo. Personally, … Continue reading Permanent Inspiration
Alyssa Knowling is an undergraduate writer at Webster University. She is a poet and visual artist out of St. Louis, and agreed to talk with us about her poem, "Today, It's Warhol," available in the Winter 2016 issue of the OAR. -Bethany Olson What was behind your choice to invoke Andy Warhol in your poem? … Continue reading Interview with Alyssa Knowling
Eva Hill is an undergraduate writer and poet at Oakland University who recently participated in the OU poetry slam. She has been writing and performing poetry since she was in high school, and agreed to talk about her inspirations, motivations, and her experience performing slam poetry. Sharnita Sanders: What first drew you to poetry? … Continue reading Interview with Eva Hill