“Where are you from?”

By Edward Callery | October 17, 2018

While easy enough to answer for most people, it exists to some of us as one of the most complicated questions in our lives. It’s an impossibly loaded interrogation that has been long embodied in the small-talk canon, not taking into account a large number of factors that may distort the reply, and not caring. It demands a simple answer, a recognizable place on the map. It doesn’t take into account those of us that just don’t know, whether it … READ MORE…

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A Little Like Magic

By Brooklyn Davidson | October 10, 2018

An orange flyer hung on the wall, it’s bold words issuing a challenge. Read one hundred books; win one hundred dollars. I was a third grader with fifty-two cents in my pocket and only a Razor scooter to my name. One hundred dollars sounded like a fortune. Little did I know, I would be getting something worth more than a hundred dollars. The school librarian dropped a stack of stapled papers on the table and called us to attention. Entry … READ MORE…

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Being the Black Girl

By Kyra Foreman | October 3, 2018

Writing has been a part of my life since I learned cursive in the third grade, but I didn’t fall madly in love with it until well into my high school years, where I was often known as the “Black One” or “That Black Girl with the Weird Hair.” Writing became the channel that I never knew I needed. I struggled with my identity as a Black girl and what it means to be black. People often tried to quantify … READ MORE…

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Post-Halloween Writing Exercises

By Mary Means | 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…

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…

A Guide To The Magical Worlds Of Tamora Pierce

By Emily Brooks | November 3, 2017

Have you ever found yourself wanting to start a new book series, but haven’t had time to find an author worth your time? Tamora Pierce has been in the writing game long enough that she’s written something for everyone, whether you prefer knights in shining armor, antics of magical teenagers, or a good-ole spy novel. Most of her books are set in either the fictional world of Tortall (think of kings, knights, and the appropriate accoutrement) or Emelan (which is … READ MORE…

5 Reasons It (2017) is Better Than Stephen King’s It (1990)

By Betsy Dickens | November 1, 2017

In honor of the recent remake of Stephen King’s It, here is a list of why this version trumps the original (in my humble opinion). In order to keep everything fair, I am only including the first half of the original, since part two of the remake has not been released yet. WARNING: SPOILERS AND HORROR IMAGES AHEAD 1. The Production Yes, I understand it was the ‘90’s. There is a distinct campy quality to the original that will always … READ MORE…

5 Reasons to Read in Every Situation

By Rebekah Brown | October 24, 2017

Looking for proof that reading is still relevant? Searching for an excuse to read that tawdry, Romance novel instead of doing the dishes? Here are five straight-forward and practical reasons to read anywhere and anytime. So settle in, adjust your spectacles, and get that pug firmly situated in your lap, because I have lain before you ample reason to read as long as you wish. 1. Reading is a great way to waste time while being productive. Looking for a way … READ MORE…

Fall: Season of Innovation

By Zoe Wright | October 16, 2017

You’re in the heat of the semester, midterms are approaching,  and three of the biggest holidays of the year are coming in hot. Do you visit with family or stay home and recover in solitude? What about that art challenge everyone’s doing? Or maybe this is the year you finally make plans for Halloween like the social human being that your schedule says you are. Each year, questions like these seem to come out of the woodwork simply to make … READ MORE…

Ten Spooky Book Suggestions

By Kelsey Nannemann | October 5, 2017

October is the perfect month for reading creepy stories. Here are ten books with varying levels of creepiness to get you in the Halloween spirit, pun intended. 1. Ghost Story by Peter Straub “For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past — and get away … READ MORE…

Listening to Brian Andreas’ Voices

By Andi Ullrich | September 28, 2017

If you were to stand in the doorway of my room, you would first look forward and see a big window, dying plant, and a cheap rug. Then you’d look to the left to find my bed, dresser, piano, another cheap rug, and pretty much everything else. You wouldn’t notice much to the right of the doorway because really, there’s only a wall. Not until you walked into my room would you give this wall a second glance. And only … READ MORE…

Staff Spotlight – Joseph Zook

By Anna Dore | September 21, 2017

The following is an excerpt from The Persecuted. It is a story about three young adults that are at the wrong place and time. Scientists have created a “smart” shot to increase the intelligence of society, but lost their funding. They continued to make the product, but had no one to test it on, so they kidnap a group of children. Will they survive on their own, or will they have to rely on a stranger for survival? — The Persecuted … READ MORE…

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…