Spring Issue Release!

Dear Readers,

Our latest issue has arrived! Devour it here:

Spring reminds us of patterns and eternal cycles, of particular motive forces and metamorphoses. “Spring is the time of plans and projects,” Tolstoy wrote in Anna Karenina, recalling for us in English (does it work in Russian, too?) the mechanistic as well as seasonal valences of “spring,” both connoting a potential energy. Once again we proliferate tasks. We plan. We tinker. Here in our own backyard of a past, Anne Bradstreet wrote of spring as the just reward for the winter-ravaged pious: “if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

We’re afraid Bradstreet’s puritanism bores us (“my mother told me as a boy/‘Ever to confess you’re bored/means you have no/Inner Resources’”). Here we are and it’s spring and we are hungrier than before. We are not the pious collecting our patient reward, but barbarians energized around a wild pagan fire. What a profligate expense of energy!

OxMag too is cyclical and this is the end of one cycle and the start of a new one—like Yeats’ gyres, widening, unwinding. As we do each year, we hand the reins to more capable people flush with stores of energy. It seems proper to introduce them.

Carly Plank will take the helm as the new Editor-in-Chief. Carly is a second year master’s student in creative writing. Her creative nonfiction has been published in 34th Parallel and her fiction has been published in 3288 Review. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Aquinas College, located in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Justin Chandler steps up as fiction editor. Justin is pursuing an MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He is currently working on a novel. In addition to his work with OxMag, he serves as editor on The Ryder Magazine’s yearly fiction issue. He prefers fiction about pugs.

Isaac Pickell will MC poetry. He too is a second year Master’s student in creative writing at Miami.

Katy Shay takes the reins as CNF editor. Katy is a graduate assistant at Miami University. She loves creative nonfiction, comics, zines, music, nature, justice, witchcraft, feelings, and goth looks from the late nineties.

And lastly, we thank Joe Squance, our managing editor; the Miami University English Department and all the faculty who have helped us this year; our events coordinator, Michelle Christensen; our genre editors Andrew Marlowe Bergman, Josh Jones, and Ian Schoultz, and all of our readers. Lastly, but most importantly, our submitters, without whom we’d have nothing at all to read and no magazine.

Keep writing,

Evan Fackler and Jess Marshall

Winter Issue Release!

We’re happy to announce the release of our winter issue, Past ImPerfect!

Featuring work from Sharon Black, m.h. burkett, Vanya Erickson, Lynn Gordon, Meredith Davies Hadaway, Taylor M. Meredith, Dennis Must, Saramanda Swigart, Ashley Tobin, and Helen Wickes.

Issue 35 Update

Dear Readers,

We’ve been losing our formatting battle with issuu.com, the site we publish our new issues through. Until we can get things figured out there, we thought it’d be best to offer issue 35 direct to you, as we would want it to be viewed. So below, please find a .pdf file of our Fall issue. Share it with your friends!

Download Issue 35: Lonesome Harvests


The Editors

OxMag Issue 35 Out Now!

Dear Readers,

It has been a warm fall here in Ohio. The pleasant weather of our late harvest has meant the fruits of long, hard labor have exceeded expectations in a year we found ourselves worrying. Quite frankly, we’re stunned. The challenges of the planting season, the wet, cool temperatures of June, have meant that even while the harvest hasn’t been as bountiful as in years past, we’ve found ourselves surviving, and even thriving, here at its close. Two weeks ago, the tomatoes were ripped from the ground, withered by a frost that tricked us into believing we must close up our houses. We turned to the power of the written word to fill the table our own gardens had left wanting, and in solidarity with each other we have thrown open our windows and doors again. And today we celebrate a fine feast under peaceful, even if at times lonely, skies.

Has this harvest been lonesome? We’re afraid it has been—at times terribly so. But today we offer this brief missive as thanks-giving for what we’ve dug bare-handed from the earth, even if that digging has broken our fingernails. Because here in the end-that-is-not-an-end we find, somewhat miraculously, a community, a feast we can offer one another.

This issue tells stories of such lonesome harvests, and the tables we gather at once we return from our muddy fields.

It also presents the winners of the inaugural Golden Ox Award for Prose and Poetry, Geramee Hensley and Kailash Srinivasan. We find ourselves swept up in the kinetic movement of Srinivasan’s prose in “Half Smile,” with its single long paragraph, while Hensley’s “Quiet,” true to its title, allows us much needed pause in our ever cacophonous world. Like these works, harvests too are charged with moments of such desperate, frenetic energy and such deep, exhausted quiet. We welcome them, and the work of the rest of the writers in this issue, to our table.

All the best,

Evan Fackler & Jess Marshall (Editors-in-Chief, Oxford Magazine)

Issue 35 features the work of Gay Baines, A.S. Coomer, Thomas Gillaspy, Geramee Hensley, Wulf Losee, Don McMann, Suzan Mikiel, Ned Carter Miles, Allen M. Price, Joseph Pritchard, Zachary Riddle, Hilary Sideris, Kailash Srinivasan, and Dr. Ernest Williamson.

Spring Street Reading Series 9/30

 The Spring Street Reading Series continues!
Come out and see us for our 2nd reading of the semester
Wednesday, September 30th 
7:30pm, Shriver Center Bookstore.
Join OxMag and the Miami University Bookstore for a reading from our Creative Writing students.
Featuring the work of:
Sammani Perera
Tammy Atha
Darren Thompson
Andrew Hofmann

Mark your calendars: The Spring Street Reading Series will host its third and final reading of the semester November 11th alongside The Writer’s Harvest.

Spring Street Reading Series

Our Spring Street Reading Series, which we host along with the Miami University Book Store, recommences this week! If you’re in Oxford, make sure to come check us out!

Wednesday, September 9th

7:30pm, Shriver Center Bookstore

Featuring the work of:

Chris Maggio

Isaac Pickell

Katy Shay

Ian Schoultz

The Spring Street Reading Series, which features the work of Miami University graduate and MA/BA students in Creative Writing, is one way we engage with the university and local community over the art we love.

Our full reading schedule for 2015/2016 is:

Fall Semester

September 9

September 30

November 11

Spring Semester

February 10

March 16

April 13

All readings will be  at 7:30pm in the Shriver Center Bookstore, unless otherwise noted.

Curious Kin

Dear Readers,

This is the first of four issues for a new group of editors and readers at OxMag. As a graduate-run magazine, OxMag tends to move to the beat of the school year, but we’re always thankful for those who have come before us, and have shown us the way. So, very briefly: Many thanks to Matt Young, the previous editor-in-chief who is now safely out of the Midwest; and to his team of editors, Emily Corwin, Joe Thornton, Joe Franklin, and Nathan Schaad, for passing the mantle to us: thanks for keeping the Ox on its feet, in green pastures, and well watered.

Our new team is excited for the year to come, and very happy to be bringing forth our first issue. Matt introduced us all last issue, and we now populate the masthead, so I won’t bore you by going over that again (except to say huge props for this issue go to Jess Marshall, our digital editor, for going above and beyond to put this issue together). Besides, the good stuff is in the magazine—no sense keeping you waiting.

From in amongst the Oxen,

Evan Fackler

OxMag’s latest edition features the work of Mark Aiello, R.M. Cooper, Allen Forrest, Rohan Garg, Jean C. Howard, Dimitri McCloghry, Joddy Murray, Cyndy Muscatel, Lane Osborne, Shannon Quinn, Ruben Rodriguez, John Surowiecki, Jeanne Wilson, and Christopher Woods.