In Memoriam: Okla Elliott

Co-founder Okla Elliott served as the managing editor for As It Ought To Be from its inception until his unexpected passing in 2017. We remember Okla as a brilliant writer and an intellectually generous editor who delighted in providing platforms for others to shine. Collected below is a bibliography of his writings and remembrances of his extraordinary life. Because he was so prolific, it is nearly impossible to catalog all of his work If you have a favorite Okla Elliott piece that isn’t linked below, feel free to contact us at inquiries.asitoughttobe@gmail.com

Remembrances

AS IT OUGHT TO BE MOURNS THE LOSS OF OUR FOUNDER

SATURDAY POETRY SERIES REMEMBERS OKLA ELLIOT WITH JOHN GUZLOWSKI

REMEMBERING OKLA ELLIOT WITH MICHAEL YOUNG

SATURDAY POETRY SERIES REMEMBERS OKLA ELLIOT WITH PAUL CRENSHAW

SATURDAY POETRY SERIES REMEMBERS OKLA ELLIOTT

“Some testimonies to Okla Elliott, 1 May 1977 – 19 March 2017” – Days and Memory

“Requiescat in pace: poet, novelist, translator Okla Elliott, 1977-2017” – Book Haven

“Go Read Okla Elliott’s Stuff, Please. (A Remembrance)” – Great Writers Steal

“Remembering Okla Elliott” – Mildred Barya’s House of Life

 

Okla’s Articles on As It Ought To Be

The Social and Spiritual Possibilities of Lent

This Train Is Bound for Glory

The Storms in Philadelphia

The New Era of Engaged Literature

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

Notes toward a Writerly Education—Or: Can We Please, Please, Please Have a Different Debate

Tilting Toward Winter

Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

Existential Echoes: Toward a Genealogy of Ideas in Albert Camus’s “The Myth of Sisyphus”

Incomplete Thoughts on Wisconsin and Political Enthusiasm

Sin’s Fatal Taint: the Felony Murder Rule and its Discontents

Living in the Dollar-Amount Democracy

 

Okla’s Books

The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (co-authored with Raul Clement)

The Cartographer’s Ink

From the Crooked Timber

Bernie Sanders: The Essential Guide

Blackbirds in September: Selected Shorter Poems of Jurgen Becker (translator)

A Vulgar Geography

Lucid Bodies

The Other Chekhov (with Kyle Minor)

 

Okla’s Editorial Work

MAYDAY MAGAZINE

New American Press

 

Okla’s Poetry Online

Three Poems: “Imaginings in the Garden,” “The Dead,” and ” The Entire City” (from Masque & Spectacle)

“That the Soul Discharges Her Passions Upon False Objects” (from The Literary Review)

“Where We Are” (from Swamp Ape Review)

“The Parable of the Worm in the Apple” and 
“Shibboleth, Beginning and Ending with Lines from Kim Ch’un-Su” (from The Del Sol Review)

“Satan Bring Me My Guitar,” “let’s Not Imagine,” “Antinomies and Intensities,”Ruinwind Sonnet” (from Numero Cinq)

 

Okla’s Fiction Online

“The Earth in Its Devotion” (from Tupelo Quarterly)

“Marine Life” (from Joyland)

“Lonely Tylenol” (from Contemporary World Literature)

 

Okla’s Essays Online

“Lent is About More than What You Give Up: It’s About the Wisdom You Acquire” (from Penn Live)

“The Unseen Jury: The Ideology and Psychology of Covert Racism” (from Stir Journal)

“Is It Time for Ranked Voting Choice in National Politics?” (from The Hill)

“Measured Chaos: Form in Anthony Hecht’s “More Light! More Light!” and “The Book of Yolek” (from Modern American Poetry)