Episode 104 – Stephanie Land / Judy Blun

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Episode 104 – Stephanie Land / Judy Blunt – Stephanie Land reflects on surrendering fully to nature. She pairs her thoughts with an essay from Judy Blunt about the blizzard of 1964. http://ow.ly/2GXsCJ

Episode 103 – Kaya Juda-Nelson / Tony Ab

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Episode 103 – Kaya Juda-Nelson / Tony Abeyta – Kaya Juda-Nelson reflects on finding her place in nature. She pairs her thoughts with a passage by the Navajo artist Tony Abeyta. http://ow.ly/2GGx7J

Oval Staff Issue: 2014

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Oval 2014
(Click on the cover to view 2014 Staff Issue)


Contributors (in order of appearance):

  • Kalen Walther, Woolgathering in Count-Basie-Pocket
  • Jenna Franklin, Untitled Visual Art
  • Zachary Shearer, Drowning Page
  • Jenna Franklin, Untitled Visual Art
  • Court Cathers, The Faye Will Come Out to Play
  • Court Cathers, Rising Sun
  • Lauren Korn, As it Turns Out
  • Grace Yon, Koi
  • Emily Johnson, On the Scale
  • Erika Tibbetts, Untitled Visual Art
  • Reed Roberts, A Stage of One’s Own
  • Robert Taylor, Ocean
  • Kat Gurley, A Brief Cigarette Break
  • Erika Tibbetts, Terezin
  • Court Cathers, The Boat House
  • Ismael Pallares, Catalyst
  • Brendan Jordan, Your Divorce
  • Grace Yon, Watch the Skies
  • Brendan Jordan, And there were cul-de-sacs…
  • Mason Harper, April Showers
  • Emily Johnson, Gabby & Michael
  • Kristine Quint, Paris
  • Robert Taylor, Ray Price
  • Emily Johnson, Untitled Visual Art
  • Maggie Mattinson, My Grandma’s Boyfriends
  • Robert Taylor, Big Sur
  • Court Cathers, Forsynthia Tunnels
  • Court Cathers, Underneath Lilly Pads
  • Robert Taylor, Real Women
  • Grace Yon, Night on the Clearing
  • Kalysta Fern, Untitled Fiction
  • Erika Tibbetts, Streets of Krakow (Cover)
  • Court Cathers, A Lovely Beauty
  • Lauren Korn, S
  • Erika Tibbetts, Portrait of a Time
  • Emily Johnson, Untitled Visual Art
  • Grace Yon, Untitled Poetry
  • William Matross, Give it Time


Episode 102 – Damon Falke / Damon Falke

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Episode 102 – Damon Falke / Damon Falke – Damon Falke reflects on nature’s daily invitation to us. He pairs his thoughts with a poem about his father and the art of close observation. http://ow.ly/2Gp3xC

Episode 101 – Tessa Heineman / Marjorie

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Episode 101 – Tessa Heineman / Marjorie Manwaring – Tessa Heineman reflects on bringing history to life through the study of archaeology. She pairs her reflection with a poem by Marjorie Manwaring. http://ow.ly/2G9T10

Oval Alum: Amanda Marzolf

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imageSince graduating from the University of Montana, I completed my MA in Publishing at Kingston University in London, England. During my time there, I was exposed to people and publishing from all around the world. The programme focused on all facets of publishing – editorial, marketing, publicity, sales, rights and production. The lecturers were constantly pushing us to think about where publishing is headed, as so much is changing every day with new social outlets and online media. We also explored the new possibilities of self-publishing and how that impacts both authors and publishers. Additionally, my colleagues and I produced two publications – a first-time blog-inspired book (which we dubbed a ‘blook’) and the University’s creative writing anthology (where I had a story published!). I also got to attend the London Book Fair, free of charge because I was a student!

Throughout my time in London, I worked in the publishing industry, all within children’s. I did three work placement stints – Ladybird Books (an imprint of Penguin UK), Wayland Books (Hachette UK) and Scholastic UK. I also had an amazing six-month internship in the editorial department at Franklin Watts (Hachette UK). While there, I was able to see a book through from start to finish – I even got credited in two workbook series on the copyright page! Lastly, I worked for a few months as an Assistant Literary Agent at Bright Group International. The company largely represents children’s illustrators, but they are expanding their repertoire into literary as well. I had a fabulous time working with each of these teams, and wish I had had more time with everyone I worked with.

I lived abroad for a year and a half after completing my BA in English at the U of M. It changed me in more ways than I expected. I would greatly encourage anyone to complete his or her Master’s abroad. In England, you can earn a Master’s in one year! London is a great city for international students, as it offers an array of social and culture experiences. The city is filled with historical monuments that one only dreams of seeing, but is also littered with modern architecture, as well as young professionals making their way into the workforce. It’s beyond inspiring and each day is a new adventure. Studying abroad gives you many opportunities to make international connections, see the world and learn more about yourself along the way.