Top 5 Kurt Vonnegut Novels

By Betsy Dickens | November 16, 2017

Most people who know me well know that my all-time favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut. I’ve taken many a trip to Half Price Books solely to buy out every copy they had of his books. I’ve almost finished collecting every book he’s written, including an encyclopedia of his characters and made-up words. I even have a tattoo of one of his many famous doodles. In honor of Vonnegut, I’ve compiled this list of his very best novels, number one being … READ MORE…

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Post-Halloween Writing Exercises

By Anna Dore | November 9, 2017

Hey there, poets! Many of our prose writing comrades are beginning to burrow themselves into the leafy soil of NaNoWriMo. You may be sitting on your bathroom floor a half-eaten Laffy Taffy stuck to your face, wondering if there are any special post-Halloween writing exercises that are just for poets. The answer is no. These exercises are for prose writers too. 1. Candy Wrapper Ransom Note Before you get too excited, you can put away rope and duct tape. This … READ MORE…

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5 Less-Known Spooky Short Stories

By Kelly McConnell | November 7, 2017

Halloween may be over, but the incoming cold, overcast weather is still perfect for bundling up by a fire and reading some spooky stories. Perhaps you’re tired of reading the same old Goosebumps book you’ve read since you were in elementary school. There’s too much going on at this point in the semester to have time in your schedule to read your favorite horror novels anyway. But you still want something scary to read under the safety of your covers … READ MORE…

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An Interview with Norman, OK’s Self-declared Poet Laureate

By Mary Means | September 14, 2017

Johann Sebastian Baculum (JSB) is the self-declared Poet Laureate of Norman, Oklahoma and star of the podcast Talkulum with J.S. Baculum, an “OETA-rejected series” about himself and his poetry. Mary Means (MM)   How did you come to be the Poet Laureate of Norman, Oklahoma? JSB     Well, I’m a pretty forward thinking individual. I wasn’t just going to wait for them to figure it out. So I decided for them. And I don’t really feel like it’s something that just … READ MORE…

How To Address Writer’s Block

By Joe Zook | September 12, 2017

We all have it. That abrupt halt in the intense, speed-of-light journey that is writing. Some call it writers block, others see it as a need to figure out exactly what they are attempting to say. Whatever we call it (doesn’t matter), we all find ourselves slaves of this mystical force. If I am blocked, which happens too often, I usually just start writing whatever enters my head. I do this until I feel some give to the wall of … READ MORE…

My Childhood in HD – Studio Ghibli Fest 2017

By Emily Brooks | September 7, 2017

I was one of those kids who found a single movie and stuck with it, watching it whenever possible. For me, that movie was Studio Ghibli’s 1986 classic Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Aided by Hayao Miyazaki’s unique art style and directing, which is touched upon in a previous article by Janet Cowden, the film inspired a sense of magic and determination in me, as well as a never-ending desire to be a nefarious, sky-sailing pirate with bushy pink hair. … READ MORE…

My First Loss in the Age of Social Media Grieving

By Anna Dore | September 1, 2017

  This week I unexpectedly lost my best friend, platonic soulmate, and “every day” person. By “every day” person, I mean we had that special relationship where we told each other the little things that don’t seem important to anyone else. I find myself still wanting to text him every time something small happens. Having my entire world turned upside down in the matter of a day was difficult enough, but I never expected to be so horrified by the … READ MORE…

Interview with Constance Squires

By Joshua Barnett | April 27, 2017

I have an audio version of this interview, but the sound quality is terrible, so here’s a text version for you all to enjoy. Constance Squires is the author of the novel Along the Watchtower (Riverhead), which won the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction, and a novel and short story collection which are both forthcoming in 2017: Live from Medicine Park (University of Oklahoma Press) and Wounding Radius and Other Stories (Ferry Street). Her short stories have appeared in … READ MORE…

A Letter to My Year as a Student Editor

By Alyssa Compton | April 25, 2017

Dearest Year, You were a challenge. You often lacked oxford commas, which I found annoying, bothersome, and emotionally painful. You presented me with many formatting issues. I will still never understand why anyone chooses to center justify anything. Your crown jewel was the day the internet and, consequentially, Submittable broke. It seemed like you never wanted me to be productive. Between your typos and tight deadlines, I felt like I was going to lose my mind. However, I would not … READ MORE…

Werewolves: Poem by and Interview with David Aristi

By Seth Copeland | April 18, 2017

by Seth Copeland, Publishing Editor Sydney Vance, Senior Poetry Editor Werewolf Viejo By David Aristi Gold been beaten outta me by Every passing year, lo que queda Funciona despacio — what’s left Works slowly. The beastly things I miss, but in war, South Central, or in Juarez Juárez La Jodida Or think Aleppo, those goat & sheep sins would be laughable Today Confieso porque me he vuelto demasiado viejo para presidió — I confess because I just turned too old … READ MORE…

Featured: “Millionaire” by Mab Jones

By Kellyn Eaddy | April 13, 2017

When we think of love, we see big, romantic gestures, flowers, and long kisses in the rain, but it’s so much more than that. Mab Jones, poet and writer, reminds us in her poem “Millionaire” that love is a collection of simple moments, quirks, and affectionate interaction.

8 Things That English Majors are Really, REALLY Tired of Hearing

By Kellyn Eaddy | April 11, 2017

If you’re reading this right now, I’d like to assume that, well, you like to read, but more importantly, you enjoy English to some extent. As a language, a subject, a lifestyle, a muffin, whichever. Some of us here at New Plains are English majors, and some of us, myself included, are Creative Writing Majors. All of us are (probably) tired of hearing the same things. You’ve probably read lists like this at many other places, Buzzfeed included, but it only … READ MORE…

Book Review – Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce

By Ocean Blu Scheel | April 6, 2017

It’s been a few months since I’ve been able to read anything that wasn’t inscribed on the stone-etched commandments we call syllabi. However, one of the perks of being a Creative Writing major is that occasionally, one of these required reads will end up meaning more to me than a defensible essay thesis and a couple of quiz grades. Halfway through the semester, my mind was dragging itself through the pages of several literature books and a list of English … READ MORE…