Okla Elliott

Okla Elliott is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois where he works in the fields of comparative literature and trauma studies. He also holds an MFA from Ohio State University. His nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, and translations have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review, A Public Space, and Subtropics, among others. He is the author of the fiction collection, From the Crooked Timber (Press 53, 2011). His poetry collection, The Cartographer’s Ink, is forthcoming in late 2014 from NYQ Books, and his novel, The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (co-authored with Raul Clement), is forthcoming in 2015 from Dark House Press.


“Showcasing the region’s diversity”: Okla Elliott & Hannah Stephenson on New Poetry from the Midwest

Several years ago, New American Press acquired the New Stories from the Midwest anthology series (coedited by Jason Lee Brown and Shanie Latham), which had previously been published by Indiana University Press and Ohio University Press. This quickly led to the idea of starting the New Poetry from the Midwest […]


The Poet’s Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt, and Wonder

Poetic and religious impulses have been sibling undertakings since prehistory, and most of the major religious texts are either partially or completely composed in verse. One need merely to consider the Bhagavad-Gita, the Edda, the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, the Quran, Hesiod’s Works and Days, and much devotional poetry […]


The Incurable Habit: Jessamyn Smyth on Okla Elliott’s “The Boiling Glass”

    These are people of “(ironically) tiger-striped couch,” of “knowing how people got to be the people they are & how much it cost them,” of coke snorted in bathrooms on immigrant parents’ dimes.     Into this milieu we recognize even if we wish we didn’t, in unpredictable […]