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).

The Social and Spiritual Possibilities of Lent

[The following piece originally appeared at PennLive.com and will be syndicated to several other venues.] The Social and Spiritual Possibilities of Lent by Okla Elliott We do not generally conceive of Lent as a political or social matter. Its central … Continue reading

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Kelly Cherry: Three Poems and an Interview

[The following poems appear in the limited edition hardback chapbook, Physics for Poets (Unicorn Press 2016), and are reprinted with permission of the author publisher. The interview was initially published in Inside Higher Ed.] *** DNA We scale a winding … Continue reading

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Three Poems by Russel Swensen

[Editor’s note: The following poems appear in The Magic Kingdom, which is available through Amazon.com and directly from the publisher, Black Lawrence Press.They are reprinted here with permission of the author.] Elegy for my Twenties They were spent, despite my … Continue reading

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This Train Is Bound for Glory

This Train Is Bound for Glory by Okla Elliott   1. The concrete platform vibrated subtly as the train entered Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. I gathered my luggage, checked my ticket, and prepared to board the southbound train to North … Continue reading

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Standing on Z: An Interview with and Three Poems by Stuart Dischell

Okla Elliott: I notice that several poems in Standing on Z make use of repetition and that the repetition is often of a word that is generally considered negative—e.g., “forget” in “Questions for the Mariner” and “dead” in “Threnody.” Would … Continue reading

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The Storms in Philadelphia

The Storms in Philadelphia by Okla Elliott   The first day of the DNC convention was plagued with storms. The literal storm that hit Philadelphia was serious, with flash floods in some streets and power outages in various neighborhoods around … Continue reading

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Who Is Tim Kaine?: A Pro/Con Analysis

Who Is Tim Kaine?: A Pro/Con Analysis by Okla Elliott As the saying goes: you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Hillary Clinton proved this on Friday when she selected Virginia senator and former governor, Tim … Continue reading

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