Submissions Close

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Submissions for Volume 8 of The Oval are officially closed. Our desks are flooded with 258 submissions from UM undergraduates. Over the next few weeks, we will comb through 166 poems, 39 pieces of fiction, 32 works of visual art and 21 non-fiction narratives. We can’t wait to dig into the piles and find ourselves transported by art.

Episode 112 – Adrian Jawort / Sterling H

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Episode 112 – Adrian Jawort / Sterling Holywhitemountain – Adrian Jawort reflects on the need for young Native American writers to tell their own stories of growing up in the West. He pairs his thoughts with a passage from Sterling Holywhitemountain. http://ow.ly/2VaCCf

Prose and Poems THIS Tuesday

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The Oval, in partnership with the University Center, presents Prose & Poems each month in the University Center, room 330 at 7:00 pm. Join us this Tuesday, February 24th, for the first Prose and Poems of 2015.  It will also be an opportunity to ask, in person, any questions pertaining to the Oval.  Hope to see you there!Prose and Poems

Oval Alum: Erin Schmiel

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Erin takes the train often between her two writing homes of Iowa and Montana while focusing on what travel and place can teach her.
Erin takes the train often between her two writing homes of Iowa and Montana while focusing on what travel and place can teach her.

I would never have heard about The Oval, nor the MFA program in which I am currently a candidate, if it weren’t for Robert Stubblefield’s 310 Fiction course the Fall of 2006. Not only was this my first of many workshops, it was where I met a writing community, classmates, and mentor who have continued to support my writing and creativity. I learned to have faith in stories, in expression and in community at the University of Montana. The Oval was a big part of that experience.

Not only was I on the staff of the Oval, I also worked as an event coordinator for the University Center and initiated the Prose and Poems reading series in the spring semester of 2009

After graduating from the University of Montana, I held various jobs in the Missoula community with alternative transportation agencies: the best was as a Bicycle Ambassador with the City of Missoula. I eventually returned to UM for post-baccalaureate work taking graduate level environmental/creative writing workshops with Phil Condon and, author, Rick Bass.

This continued work in non-fiction helped me get into Iowa State University’s Creative Writing and the Environment MFA program. I am currently studying Creative Non-Fiction with a teaching assistantship leading two levels of compositional courses. I am also the Blog and Social Media editor at Flyway: Journal of Writing and the Environment, posting new content weekly as well as coordinating conference panels and out reach into the Ames community for local events.

I continue to develop my skills in two very rich communities of natural inspiration, fecundity.

Episode 110 – Karin Schalm / Ripley Hugo

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Episode 110 – Karin Schalm / Ripley Hugo – Karin Schalm reflects on struggle and joy of rebuilding a sense of home. She pairs her thoughts with a poem by the late Matthew Hansen, son of poet Ripley Hugo. http://ow.ly/2Uz0rE

Episode 109 – Jordon Konkol / Joseph Con

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Episode 109 – Jordon Konkol / Joseph Conrad – Jordon Konkol reflects on remote and wild spaces where even in this day of advanced technologies, humans are still very much in the dark. He pairs his reflection with a chilling passage from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. http://ow.ly/2Uk6wp

Submit your work!

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Submit to The Oval!
Submit to The Oval!

Submissions are now open for fiction, non-fiction, and visual arts.  They will be closing in less than a month, on March 1st, so get submitting!  For all submission questions, including how to submit, visit our official submissions guidelines page.