Poetry. In Okla Elliott's first full-length poetry collection, THE CARTOGRAPHER'S INK, he seamlessly integrates history, philosophy, science, and personal narrative to form a literary geography that is at once erudite and accessible. Ranging from rural Kentucky to post-Soviet Russia to ancient Egypt, these poems invite the reader on a unique aesthetic and intellectual journey.
Okla Elliott is an assistant professor at Misericordia University in northeast Pennsylvania. He holds a PhD in comparative and world literature from the University of Illinois, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Ohio State University, and a certificate in legal studies from Purdue University. His work has appeared in Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, A Public Space, and Subtropics, and was included as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2015. His books include From the Crooked Timber (short fiction), THE CARTOGRAPHER'S INK (poetry), The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (a coauthored novel), BLACKBIRDS IN SEPTEMBER: SELECTED SHORTER POEMS OF JÜRGEN BECKER (translation), and BERNIE SANDERS: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE (Eyewear Publishing, 2016) (nonfiction). He is a senior editor at New American Press and the managing editor of the culture and politics website As It Ought to Be.Author City: Wilkes-Barre, PA USA