Author Archives: Okla Elliott

About Okla Elliott

I am currently an assistant professor at Misericordia University in northeast Pennsylvania. I hold a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Illinois, an MFA in creative writing from Ohio State University, and a legal studies certificate from Purdue University. My work has appeared in Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, The Hill, Huffington Post, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, A Public Space, and Subtropics, as well as being listed as a "notable essay" in Best American Essays 2015. My books include From the Crooked Timber (short fiction), The Cartographer’s Ink (poetry), The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (a coauthored novel), Blackbirds in September: Selected Shorter Poems of Jürgen Becker (translation), and Bernie Sanders: The Essential Guide (nonfiction).

All This Mayhem: Dispatch #1

All This Mayhem: Dispatch #1 by Okla Elliott (with photos and video by Robert MacCready) I arrived at the Cleveland Amtrak station at 3:00am. It was darkened to the point of seeming abandoned; two cops stood by the entrance smoking cigarettes … Continue reading

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Here, Now

     Here, Now by Paul Crenshaw Before he was pulled over, Philando Castile worked in the cafeteria of an elementary school. Imagine with me all manner of child: their voices ringing off the tile floors, chewing with their mouths … Continue reading

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Three Poems by Shelley Puhak

Stalin, alone At the Tbilisi seminary, suspended for reading Victor Hugo, he wrote as all seventeen-year-olds do, of violets, icy peaks and blue firmament, wrote a poem to the moon:           .With outstretched arms, I shall … Continue reading

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The New Era of Engaged Literature

The New Era of Engaged Literature by  Okla Elliott When I was fourteen years old, I naively and ignorantly and perhaps over-seriously declared myself a Marxist. It was around this time that I also began considering myself a writer, though … Continue reading

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Kevin Pilkington Poetry Feature

What interests me most about Kevin Pilkington’s work is its range of content and tone. He can be serious and humorous with equal skill, and often in the same poem. His subject matters are human sexuality, human frailty, and post-modern … Continue reading

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Five Thoughts on Cecil the Lion—Or: How the Internet Really Botched This One

Five Thoughts on Cecil the Lion—Or: How the Internet Really Botched This One by Okla Elliott I had initially decided to ignore all of the Cecil the Lion outrage and counter-outrage, thinking it one more oddity of the internet, but … Continue reading

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Hedy Habra: A Micro-Interview and Three Poems

OE: The poems in Under Brushstrokes are ekphrastic, but they don’t always announce themselves as such. How do you conceive of ekphrasis and how do you mobilize it as a technique in these poems? HH: I do not aim at … Continue reading

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