Noah Bavonese is an illustrator, animator, and designer, and is currently a senior at Oakland University studying graphic design, while pursuing the many facets of digital media in his own time. Painting was his entry into the world of art and design, and the piece appearing here in the Oakland Arts Review is one of his first acrylic portraits. Allison Boyce is a junior studying creative writing and business at Vanderbilt University. She hails from Scottsdale, Arizona, and is thrilled to be sharing her work in the Oakland Arts Review. She was recently named a semifinalist for The Adroit Prize for Prose. James Braun currently teaches fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to the incarcerated at the Thumb Correctional Facility. He studies creative writing at Oakland University and his work has been published in Smokelong Quarterly and is forthcoming in Atlas and Alice. James lives in Rochester, Michigan. Briana Campbell is currently studying creative writing and communications at Florida State University. When sheâ€™s not writing or reading, sheâ€™s at a concert or visiting a museum. She is a poet of Caribbean descent who often explores identity in her work. She is originally from Orlando, FL. Christopher Cannon is a Cleveland-based poet and musician. He is currently in his senior year at Case Western Reserve University. The lineage and plight of his family have had a tremendous impact on his identity and art, inspiring him to create sonic and visual representations for the voiceless. McKenna Christian was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, having inhabited the same pale green house for eighteen years before moving to California to attend the University of San Diego (USD). She is a junior at USD studying to complete her English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing, and a minor in Psychology. She is currently studying abroad, with a semester in London and a semester in Australia. Her poetry has been performed with the Poetry Society of New York and workshopped at the 2018 Summer Literary Seminar in Tbilisi, Georgia. When she is not traveling or writing poetry, she is most likely lifting weights or spending time with animals. Maya Day is a student at Colorado College majoring in English / Creative Writing with a minor in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies. Born and raised in Colorado, Maya has a love for magpies, rivers, and prairieland. Her poetry connects her to these things and is an attempt to reframe language as an decolonizing, anti-racist tool for exploring the self.