Some are Just Lost

By Kristen Allen | March 13, 2019

I picked up the worn copy of what would become my favorite book, not knowing yet the relationship we would have. I read the first page, and by page two knew that this was love. Page seven had me in wonder, page eighty in awe, and page one twenty in tears. I closed it at midnight and marveled it until dawn. I was twelve, and the first chapter book I had ever read was J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Hobbit. At fourteen … READ MORE…

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Advocating “Dissent”

By Sarah Chambers | March 6, 2019

I come from a rural community that has a decidedly conservative perspective on most social and political topics. I establish this not out of criticism, but for clarification of the background that first shaped me, and to contextualize my academic and publishing experiences. When I embarked on my career as a student of English, to the best of my knowledge, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor was not even available yet at the University of Central Oklahoma. If it … READ MORE…

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Finding My Voice Through Those of the Past

By Karson Cribley | February 27, 2019

What have you started this year that made an unexpectedly big impact in the way you approach everyday life? For me it was taking a course that I really did not have the time for, but I decided to try anyways. Ever since this brilliant find in the ever mundane scroll to find new classes for the semester, I have been excited to begin my “Women in Literature” course with Dr. BB. I was not sure what to expect, thoughts … READ MORE…

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Some are Just Lost

By Kristen Allen | March 13, 2019

I picked up the worn copy of what would become my favorite book, not knowing yet the relationship we would have. I read the first page, and by page two knew that this was love. Page seven had me in wonder, page eighty in awe, and page one twenty in tears. I closed it at midnight and marveled it until dawn. I was twelve, and the first chapter book I had ever read was J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Hobbit. At fourteen … READ MORE…

Advocating “Dissent”

By Sarah Chambers | March 6, 2019

I come from a rural community that has a decidedly conservative perspective on most social and political topics. I establish this not out of criticism, but for clarification of the background that first shaped me, and to contextualize my academic and publishing experiences. When I embarked on my career as a student of English, to the best of my knowledge, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor was not even available yet at the University of Central Oklahoma. If it … READ MORE…

Finding My Voice Through Those of the Past

By Karson Cribley | February 27, 2019

What have you started this year that made an unexpectedly big impact in the way you approach everyday life? For me it was taking a course that I really did not have the time for, but I decided to try anyways. Ever since this brilliant find in the ever mundane scroll to find new classes for the semester, I have been excited to begin my “Women in Literature” course with Dr. BB. I was not sure what to expect, thoughts … READ MORE…

How do you Improve at Writing?

By Paul Rainwater | February 20, 2019

How do you improve at writing? I have tried several methods to improve. First, I look towards great works of writing, whether it be fiction or nonfiction, and try to do as they did. Second, I free-write until I get something worthwhile on the page. My last method is to make lists of points and then elaborate. I have found the most success with the last method, but it leaves my writing somewhat dull, disconnected, and long-winded. I have been … READ MORE…

The Intimidation Game

By Abby Yost | February 13, 2019

Poetry intimidates me. I can see Charles Bukowski shaking his head, but then again, I’m intimidated by Charles Bukowski. Poetry should not be intimidating. Poets should not be intimidating. Yet surely, I cannot be the only one who finds themself shouldering the stifling mental weight of upholding the classical standards established by the canon, right? Despite popular opinion, I’m a fan of our canon. Give me Keats or give me (a painless and swift) death, but even John – considered … READ MORE…

The Art of Disneyfication

By Alden Davis | February 6, 2019

I always loved Disney and their films growing up, and I still do; however, I’ve started to notice that a lot of their movies don’t seem to completely follow the various fairy tales, short stories, and other tales that they’re based on. Recently, I’ve done a little research and come across a phenomenon know as Disneyfication: this is a process of taking the original tale, story, or the likes, and telling their own “squeaky-clean” version. When it comes to Disney, … READ MORE…

I Have an Ear for Comedy and an Eye for Tina Fey

By Jessy Goode | January 30, 2019

Remember when you were a freshman? And so unbelievably dumb? How many times have you changed your major? How many colleges have you been to? Me, personally, I’ve changed majors once and changed colleges once. After high school graduation, I went to a private Christian university (which shall remain nameless) with my career completely planned out. Here was the plan: I was going to get my Bachelors in Communication Studies, get multiple internships with Television News Stations to get my … READ MORE…

One of These Days

By Chandler Hunt | January 23, 2019

Twenty-two. Twenty-two. What about you? Probably around there, too, huh? In high school, I remember glorifying the image of the old man author. This can probably be blamed on reading mostly fantasy and science fiction, but the whole idea is a weird one. Quite simply, most of my favorite writers were old white men. As a young white man who could hardly focus and finish any of the rubbish I was writing at the time, the elder sage seemed to … READ MORE…

Writing Without Fear

By Sierra Ard | December 6, 2018

Up until college I had been homeschooled my whole life. It wasn’t until I reached high school age that it became very apparent to me that I couldn’t relate to the social struggles of my peers. Whether at soccer practice or in youth group, everyone was either complaining about their teachers, gossiping about their fellow students, or making plans for prom. When I didn’t chime in on their conversation they’d turn to me, expecting me to join in. That’s when … READ MORE…

Utter Your Words

By Caitlin Carnall | November 28, 2018

During the spring semester of 2018, I enrolled in Creating the Poem with Dr. Iliana Rocha here at the University of Central Oklahoma.  Before entering the classroom, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew nothing of poetry besides the few guidelines to some forms covered in half of a week’s span while I was in high school.  I honestly walked in the classroom on the first day thinking, This should be simple.  Roses are red. Violets are blue.  I … READ MORE…