Oasis makes a splash

The art and literary magazine launches with new binding

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On April 13, 2018

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
The Oasis editing staff from L to R: Kyle Kuehner, Shayna Mullen, Courtney Reopelle, Alayna Turney and Mikayla Mullen.


The Oasis Art and Literary Magazine celebrated its 2018 edition with a launch party on April 3 at the ASU Lake House.

“The Oasis is an art and literary magazine where students from across campus, either graduates or undergraduates, can submit their work: artwork, short stories, poetry,” Courtney Reopelle, graduate student and general editor, said. “It’s basically an outlet for students to express anything they are feeling.”

The magazine has a new look to it this year; it has a spine instead of a spiral binding.

“The book is always the same: it’s spiral bound and laid out the same,” Mikayla Mullen, senior and literary editor, said. “This year, we really wanted to push it over the top, find a new printer, do art a different way and try to do as many graphics in it as possible.”

This year, the Oasis committee held a contest for submissions.

“Our winner, The Girl in Blue, it made me cry,” Reopelle said. “That’s probably why we chose it. It’s emotional. That’s what we are trying to pull out- these emotions from the students. It’s amazing to see that.”

Another change that occurred for this issue was the inclusion of students from all majors.

“The submissions are usually only offered, in the years past, to literary and art majors,” Mullen said. “This year, we wanted to make it campus-wide, so there were posters everywhere.”

Reopelle encourages students to submit their work.

“It’s an awesome feeling, having your work be rewarded,” Reopelle said. “It can go on resumes; it can be put on applications. It has an array of possibilities outside of campus.”

Mullen said they received 75 poems and 16 short stories. 

“After everything is selected, Alayna [Turney] and I worked really hard to put it in to our lay-out design,” Mullen said. “Then Kyle [Kuehner], worked really hard to make sure that the book looked as cohesive and unique as possible.”

Anna Marquardt, senior, was one of the students whose piece was published. 

“I’m an English major, and I want to be a novelist eventually after I graduate and go out into the world, Marquardt said. “I thought getting published in the Oasis would be a good start.” 

Marquardt’s piece, titled “Listen Up,” is a political piece inspired by the most recent presidential election. 

“It’s amazing because anyone can submit and show off their work,” Marquardt said. “I think creative work is so important in society, and to have something like the Oasis to showcase that is just really awesome.”


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