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she was 14, trying to create a sculpture for her art class inspired by the Surrealist movement, and somehow it turned out well. Since then, with the help of her teachers (who she considers mentors), she has strived to create some outstanding work, she hopes. Follow her on her IG: art_is_a_cain for more. Jami Kleinpeter comes from a large family in southern Louisiana and is very passionate about the physical and cultural landscape of her home. This year she graduates from Louisiana State University, where she is majoring in Creative Writing and Literature with a minor in Sociology. Next fall, she plans to continue her education with an MFA in Creative Writing, focusing on poetry. Her dream is to teach at the university level and continue to write. Alexander Lavertue is currently a freshman at the New School for design. He has been interested in the arts his whole life and decided the New School would give him the best tools to achieve his dream, which is to be a great designer. His piece represents his first emotions arriving into the glorious city of New York. Coming from a suburban neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he felt a sense of shock, and his piece represents his transition from a suburban kid to an adult city dweller. Emily Paquette-Leahy is a queer poet who lives and studies in Toronto. Her work navigates family, the domestic, and memory. She has facilitated workshops for other novice writers and studied creative writing at Glendon College, York University, and Arizona State University. Making and sharing food is one of the ways she shows affection. She has published in Pro Tem and Mélange, and is now a graduate student at the University of Toronto. Andrew Letai is a senior at Hamilton College, where he is editor-in-chief of the satire paper The Duel Observer, writer and director of a series of science-fiction radio dramas, and a double major in Creative Writing and Theatre. Among his greatest convictions is the belief that capes should make a comeback. Raised in Medfield, MA, he enjoys candlelit dinners, long walks on the beach, and sleeping until noon. Maxwell Levy is a Sophomore at St. Lawrence University. In his spare time he is working on a science fiction novel and enjoys watching his friends play video games. Max is very happy to be a part of this magazine and hopes you enjoy this new issue! Ellie Long is a junior at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. She is majoring in Political Science, with minors in Creative Writing and Global Studies. She hopes to work in politics or law, but plans on always writing creatively for herself. Her poem “The Morning” is a response to the mass shooting at Borderline

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Oakland Arts Review Volume 4  

Oakland Arts Review Volume 4  

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