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Bar & Grill, which took the life of twelve members of the tight-knit community. Ellie hopes this poem brings awareness to this shooting and others like it, and to the aftermath left behind on communities. Mary MacLeod is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is studying English and creative writing and hopes to go on to earn her MFA in fiction. She interned with VCU’s literary journal Blackbird and has been published in VCU’s newspaper The Commonwealth Times, as well as the student run literary journal Poictesme. Meg Matthias is a poetry and prose writer from Indianapolis, Indiana, whose work has been published in Rookie and Indiana Review. She is a student at Miami University in Ohio where she is an executive staff member of campus lit mag Inklings Arts & Letters. When not in class, she is writing about girlhood, anxiety, and the body. She is an only child, but asks that you not hold it against her. Kathryn McDanel has spent the last four years after high school roving about, experiencing the world first-hand with a moleskin journey by her side. She often uses her observations from life on the road to write engaging non-fiction pieces. Currently, she is attending college to obtain a Global Studies degree with a minor in Creative Writing. Daven McQueen is a student and writer from Los Angeles, California. She is completing her final year at Brown University, where she studies economics and literary arts. Her work often centers around themes of suburban life, intersections of food and culture, and meditations on identity. When she’s not writing, Daven enjoys tap dancing, traveling, cooking, and collecting pictures of cute dogs. Ellery Page is primarily a visual artist and printmaker. Much of her work revolves around the imagery of biological systems becoming and coming from human anatomy, and represents the neuroplasticity that allows humans to adapt to their environments. The written work and poetry she writes is compelled by an exploration of how the disruption of neuroplasticity caused by trauma, both personal and societal, affects communication through reinforced dynamics of language and behavior. Kateria Rodriguez is a senior at Salisbury University pursuing a degree in History with a minor in English. Her prose, much like her research, focuses primarily on historical perspectives, race, identity, and sexuality. The loss of certain historical perspectives is a topic in a few of Kateria’s poems. She hopes to continue writing poetry as she begins graduate school in the fall of 2019. Riley Steiner is a senior at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she studied Creative Writing and Media & Culture. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.

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Oakland Arts Review Volume 4  

Oakland Arts Review Volume 4  

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