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).

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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Five Scenes from the RNC Convention: Dispatch #2

Five Scenes from the RNC Convention: Dispatch #2 (text and photos by Okla Elliott) 1. We were driving around downtown Cleveland, navigating the blocked-off roads and foot traffic, when Robert’s police scanner app informed us that a major disruption was underway and police … Continue reading

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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 open, … 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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