Ryan Magiera ’12

photo of Ryan Magiera Major: Classics

Research and Networking for Projects in Poetry (Fall 2010-11)

I am a senior Classics major, president of O-Slam! - Oberlin's first Slam Poetry Team, and former 3-year varsity starting basketball player for Oberlin. During my junior season, I incurred a career-ending injury and since then have been writing and performing poetry and generating a Slam Scene on campus by holding weekly drop-in poetry sessions (part open mic, part discussion, part workshop), holding monthly Slams, teaching an ExCo, bringing in internationally renown writer/performers (i.e. Buddy Wakefield, Anis Mojgani, Rachel McKibbens, etc.) and now starting a Slam team where will be competing in regional and national Slam poetry tournaments.