Song Analysis: “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of a Bay” by Otis Redding

By Alexandria Sanders | February 15, 2018

Otis Redding has been noted as one of the greatest soul singers and composers of all time. Also known as the “The King of Soul,” he is remembered mostly because of his powerful voice, soulful lyrics, and who he inspired. Redding did not only influence the masses, he influenced many famous musicians. Some artists that Otis Redding have inspired or have covered his songs include The Grateful Dead, The Doors, Willie Nelson, Al Green, Pearl Jam, Etta James, Rod Stewart, … READ MORE…

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Inspiration is Fleeting

By Joe Zook | February 10, 2018

Inspiration, that fickle little beast that makes you unable to concentrate, let alone do anything else until it uses your pen to leap onto the page—or at least that seems to be how it feels for me. Don’t let it fool you though. Inspiration is something that doesn’t show up often, and most times you might have a deadline. You might not have time to wait for inspiration to strike. Don’t be waiting for it, lure it out with the … READ MORE…

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Interview with John Granger, Dean of Harry Potter Scholars

By Alexandra Savage | February 1, 2018

John Granger, given the moniker of “Dean of Harry Potter Scholars” by TIME magazine, is a published author and internationally renowned lecturer on the artistry of J.K. Rowling’s writing and Wizarding World. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago then proceeded to get his Master of Fine Arts from Oklahoma City University in Creative Writing. Currently, Professor Granger is seeking his doctorate through Swansea University in Wales. He’s been a featured speaker at a plethora of … READ MORE…

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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…

On Workshopping

By Sydney Vance | April 4, 2017

Roughly four years ago when I was a freshman in college, I submitted one of my poems to three different journals. This was the very first time I attempted to share my poetry. Armed with the hope that the editorial board would fall desperately in love with my work and immediately, breathlessly, and without pause accept the piece (ah, the naiveté!), I waited. Of course—you can see where this is heading, right?—during the following weeks, the rejection letters came in … READ MORE…

The Alexander Lawrence Posey Speaker Series

By Seth Copeland | March 30, 2017

“Lo! what a vivid picture here, Of sin and purity, Here where the rivers join their Floods and journey to the sea.” —“Where the Rivers Meet”   Writer, philanthropist, and statesman Alexander Lawrence Posey (1873-1908) was one of the first indigenous Americans to gain national acclaim in letters. His series of editorials, later collected as the Fus Fixico Letters, commented satirically and pointedly on contemporary social issues of indigenous people in America at the turn of the century. Posey also … READ MORE…

A Celebration of Hayao Miyazaki

By Janet Cowden | March 28, 2017

The blank page is a canvas for artists who paint with words, but Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animated film studio, uses the blank page to hand draw most of his movies. According to a past interview, Miyazaki said that his movies only contain 10% CGI work.

Alexander Lawrence Posey Speaker Series featuring Danez Smith

By Joshua Barnett | March 23, 2017

In the Fall semester, we have a very solidified series called Sherman Chaddlesone Arts and Letters Lecture Series, and for a while, we’ve known we wanted something in the Spring. Where our Sherman Chaddlesone series features Native Americans, our Alexander Lawrence Posey Series will feature artists who represent otherness that so often may not be spoken for. This is in an effort to combat erasure and the silencing of diminished voices. Our inaugural event on March 30th will feature Danez … READ MORE…

(W)riter (o)f (C)olor: A Perspective

By Kellyn Eaddy | March 21, 2017

When I was young and inexperienced, all of the characters I made were, by default, white. To put this into perspective, I am of mixed race, black and Filipino, and grew up in a predominantly black and Filipino world. I like to joke that I could count on one hand the number of white people I knew growing up, but thinking back, I’m not sure that’s an exaggeration. And as much as I love my cultures, and I celebrate who I … READ MORE…

5 Tips For A Great Spring Break For Writers

By Anna Dore | March 9, 2017

Many of us will soon be starting spring break – a glorious week off from the stresses of school. Some will be jetting off to the beach; others will be picking up extra shifts at work. No matter what your plan is, here are some tips to use this time wisely as a writer. 1. Don’t forget about the BREAK part of spring break. Whether you’re an English major, or you’ve been tirelessly working on your next great novel, sometimes … READ MORE…

SP 17 Update

By Joshua Barnett | March 7, 2017

New Plains Review has come a long way over the past thirty years, and we continue to implement and expand ideas to further enhance not only our journal, but the overall artistic community. I am quickly closing in on my 1-year anniversary of bring Editor-in-Chief for the journal, and I cannot help but to reflect on the previous 2 years as an Associate Editor. Our online presence has grown more in the last 9 months than it had the previous decade, and … READ MORE…