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newspaper (a local Puerto Rican paper). She currently writes for L’etage magazine and is the handler for the @iamanindigokid Instagram page, as well as @writingflash, which focuses on publishing flash fiction stories. Jessie Urgo is a junior at the College of William & Mary. She loves getting to know people and listening to their stories, and she loves telling stories as well. When she’s not daydreaming, she’s probably scribbling in a notebook or wandering around outdoors. Her poems and short stories have been published in The Gallery and Winged Nation and have won awards from William & Mary and the Poetry Society of Virginia. E.R. Vanett is a current senior at the Indiana University South Bend. She enjoys the creative writing process and is presently working on completing a poetry manuscript in the near future. She also finds that going on hiking trips to take photographs of nature is an important part in her creative process. A lot of her inspiration comes from her connection to nature, animals, and religion. Shelby Weisburg attends Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where she is majoring in Creative Writing. She was the honorable mention award recipient of Willamette University’s Frank H. Newell Creative Writing Prize in Short Fiction last spring. She currently works for Willamette’s Outdoor Program as both office staff and trip leader to foster equity and diversity in the outdoors. When she’s not writing or reading, she enjoys collaging, rock climbing, and having exploratory conversations with fellow human beings. Melissa Weiss studies Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in CV2, Prairie Fire, The Maynard, Sky Island Journal, and elsewhere. She placed second in Into the Void’s 2017 Poetry Contest, and was shortlisted for CV2’s 2017 2-Day Poem Contest. In 2018, she was nominated for Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize. Melissa co-edits One Button Press in Kelowna, British Columbia. Nick Zablocki is a junior at Oakland University. He is a creative writing major with a focus on poetry. He has two hip-hop projects available on all streaming services, and is currently working on his third tape. He also has a history in stand-up comedy, podcasting, and fiction writing. His favorite part about writing is using interesting and obscure words, and in particular the way these words sound when stitched together.

Profile for Oakland Arts Review

Oakland Arts Review Volume 4  

Oakland Arts Review Volume 4  

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