The Big Bad Wolf

By S. Wright | December 4, 2021

Photo by Tahoe on Unsplash Remember “Little Red Riding Hood”? where the Big Bad Wolf was the villain and ate the grandmother? Nursery rhymes weren’t the only tales that cast wolves in such a dark light. There are many tales where wolves are seen as vicious predators thirsty for blood. One of the original monsters in our folklore called the werewolf is based on the savagery and blood lust of a wolf. The curse of a werewolf was also seen … READ MORE…

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A Dream Transformed

By Adrienne Kipps-Spanagel | December 4, 2021

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I’ve kept a journal since I was a child, went through the obligatory bad poetry writing phase as a teenager, attempted short stories and even a novel or two. There’s not much that makes me happier than a blank notebook and a brand-new set of pens. The problem is, I have no creativity. None. I get out my notebook, uncap my pen and… nothing. Give me a research topic though, and I’m on … READ MORE…

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A Love Letter to the Things I Make with My Hands

By Kellen Welch | December 2, 2021

It started in middle school, a Christmas present from my sister – a kit with three skeins of mottled purple yarn, a petite instruction manual, a red plastic yarn needle I’ve since lost, and two wooden knitting needles. I laughed as I removed the last bit of wrapping paper. “Well, you did ask for it,” my sister huffed. And I had. As much as I was interested in learning to knit, I still had to approach it from a sort … READ MORE…

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Book Review – Krampus: The Yule Lord

By Gabriel Burch | February 7, 2017

From Gerald Brom, a man known for painting horrifying monsters, comes a novel that is quickly becoming a Christmas tradition in my household, and a perfectly bittersweet antidote for the usual saccharine Christmas stories. Let me put it this way, if Charlie Brown and the Grinch are the cookies and pie you have after Christmas dinner, then Krampus: The Yule Lord is Christmas dinner itself. Literal (literary?) soul food.

Finding a Career as an English Major

By Andi Ullrich | February 2, 2017

If you’re like me (and most other college students), you’ve struggled with deciding on a major. I came into college nervous about my declared Pre-Optometry/Biology major because I knew it wasn’t quite what I wanted to study. Now, I am a much happier English major. The problem I faced was not knowing where my interests and skill-set best combined. When I changed my major to English, it still didn’t feel right. My analysis skills allowed me to excel in English, but I … READ MORE…

3 Tips to Start Managing Your TBR List

By Taylor Cradduck | January 31, 2017

We all know, as book lovers, that a To Be Read (TBR) list is something that never seems to go away. The list only seems to grow because we buy more books, but have less time to read them. However, my resolution for 2017 is to start managing my TBR list more effectively. I’ve come up with some tips to help you, and me, to accomplish this! via GIPHY Get Organized! First thing to do to get started on all those … READ MORE…

5 Booktubers to Get You Started

By Kellyn Eaddy | January 13, 2017

It’s no secret that I can waste plenty of time on YouTube. It’s a black hole. I start off with a “just for a few minutes” mindset, checking what some of my favorite Youtubers may have uploaded, and then five hours later, I’m learning how to do Yoda costume makeup for absolutely no reason. YouTube is a community of communities where there is something for everyone: makeup lovers, gamers, musicians, belly dancers in training, you name it. Book lovers are not excluded, … READ MORE…

Short review of the Ethnic American Literature course at UCO in Edmond, Oklahoma

By Joshua Barnett | December 20, 2016

The University of Central Oklahoma has recently hired Dr. Iliana Rocha, whose debut book, Karankawa, won the 2014 Donald Hall Prize in poetry. Along with her Creating the Poem class of her inaugural year, she also taught Ethnic American Literature. It may be safe to say to the reader that Oklahoma has a strong cultural vibrancy strongly linked to Indigenous People, and we certainly must not forget the struggle of our African-American brothers and sisters who suffered one of the … READ MORE…

Good Day!

By Joshua Barnett | December 19, 2016

New Plains Review started thirty years ago with a general purpose of helping students at UCO help get published, but soon realized a prestigious journal resists limitations. With the invention of the internet, literature took an abrupt shift and simultaneous submissions took a steep hike. New Plains has understood the importance on keeping with the times while maintaining the prestige in being a worldwide literary journal, and are in our first times of reaching out for submissions beyond poetry, prose, and visual … READ MORE…