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IWU magazine to host Oasis in Downtown

BY Paige Conley - pconley@chronicle-tribune.com

Indiana Wesleyan University’s literary magazine, “Caesura,” brings Oasis in Downtown to Marion Thursday, April 12 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The event is set to take place in the alleyway on E. Third St., and is going to feature readings from authors and artists published in “Caesura 2018: Oasis.” Afterwards, community members are invited to share their own works of art with the public.

“Caesura” is IWU’s annual student-produced literary magazine that is published every spring. The magazine features poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction and original artwork from IWU students.

According to Head Editor Olivia Jocson, this is the first event “Caesura” has had like this in the community.

“We want it to be more than just an IWU literary event,” she said.

The magazine is collaborating with The Abbey Coffee Co., Miles To Go, and Beachy Boho Boutique and Beauty Lounge for the event. The businesses will have booths set up during the reading for community members and IWU students to enjoy along with music from local artists.

According to Jocson, those with the magazine believes in supporting small businesses and hope this event exposes the businesses to more people and opportunities, while showing the community what downtown has to offer.

“I hope it sheds light on the potential downtown Marion has for community members and IWU students to get involved with,” she said.

Jocson believes this event is a chance for community members to connect with the authors and artists presenting and share their own experiences.

Life gets messy and that shows up in people’s work, Jocson said. However, she hopes the event promotes an air of community and everybody feels comfortable to share their work.

“Just being in a place where people feel safe to be themselves and just have a relaxing night,” she said.

On top of that, Jocson wants IWU students to have the opportunity to see their community.

“We’re living in Marion, and I think it’s important for us to be acquainted with the community,” she said.

According to Jocson, Oasis in Downtown is an “evening of poetry, art, music, and community collaboration.” It’s a night to celebrate the effort the artists and authors put into their work.

Jocson encourages anyone in need of a relaxing night or anyone that wants to share their work with the community to come to Oasis in Downtown.

There will even be a door prize that includes a free 45-minute portrait session with Sophie Stewart for people who enter when they arrive.

Caesura’s magazine,“Caesura 2018: Oasis,” will be available for purchase during the event for $5.