I started the process just by admiring the painting, which I have on my wall. I tried to imagine myself inside the scene. The poem is essentially just a collection of all of the things I would want to say and do, if I had been there.
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Boys Don’t Cry: An Interview with Eleanor Caudill
Eleanor Caudill is a contributing artist for the Oakland Arts Review‘s Volume 8, which features her painting Boys Don't Cry. Caudill is a freshman student at the University of Louisville majoring in Studio Arts.
Get to Know Our Volume 8 Contributors: An Interview with Truck Schachtman
Truck Schachtman is a contributing writer for the Oakland Arts Review's Volume 8, which features their essay "Quoniam with Jockey Up." They are a freshman painting and printmaking major at Virginia Commonwealth University.
From Inside the Arrogant, Intimate, Free (double-meaning), Beautiful Land of Fanfics
by Phan Huynh If asked to recommend a piece of writing, my first instinct would be to recommend love you in the dark by author “heaveninbusan.” This 60,000-words fiction about internalized homophobia and second chances, with rarely seen adult characters struggling with coming to terms with their sexual orientation, beautifully written in provocative contemporary language, … Continue reading From Inside the Arrogant, Intimate, Free (double-meaning), Beautiful Land of Fanfics
Outlining for NaNoWriMo
I do my best writing organically, sitting down with a vague idea and getting to work – so the idea of intense outlining and planning is a daunting one. Faint memories of three-act structures and archaic plot graphs come to mind, but I was on the hunt for something more compelling. Fortunately for me and other writers in need, the NaNoWriMo website offers a wealth of strategies to lean back on.
On Overcoming Self-Doubt
I’m finally discovering how to quiet the voice that tells me I can’t. Or that I shouldn’t. Or that trying will inevitably result in failure. Reducing the voice from a roar to a murmur has allowed me to pursue things I never dreamt possible.
Mental Health Inclusion in Literature
As someone who deals with anxiety, depression, and OCD, I have used writing as an outlet for many years. I personally love to read about others who can share my feelings and shortcomings. It creates solidarity through the knowledge that there’s someone out there who gets you, who knows in some way what you’re going through or dealing with.
The Problem with Scholarship Essays: Everyone Loves an Underdog
By Malaena Caldwell Recount a time in your life where you overcame adversity. Or, Describe a time in your life that has shaped who you are as a person. These are questions taken directly from multiple departmental-merit scholarships I’ve applied for during my time as an undergraduate student, and as I prepare my applications for … Continue reading The Problem with Scholarship Essays: Everyone Loves an Underdog
by Jaclyn Tockstein As a senior in the Professional & Digital Writing major (with only a few weeks left until graduation), I'd like to tell a short story about the importance of creating space for the purpose of creativity. Like many of you, I went through most of my schooling believing I was perhaps a … Continue reading Creating Space
Importance of Diversity in Children’s Literature
by Madeline Elier Reading is fundamental to the human experience. It gives us a space to learn about the world and begin to process how to exist and interact with others as social beings. Growing up, I read books like Charlotte’s Web, Alice in Wonderland, and Madeline, all of which portrayed a lifestyle that was … Continue reading Importance of Diversity in Children’s Literature