founded in 2013
OSLAM was founded in 2013 by Oberlin students Alison Krondstadt (Class of 2016) and Hannah Rosenburg (Class of 2016). Entering Oberlin College as first years in 2012, both students came to Oberlin looking for a space for poets to drop lines, but upon arriving, discovered no such space to exist. After a year of contemplation, both poets teamed up, and in 2013, founded OSLAM, a space for poets across all levels of writing experience to come together and share their stories.
From a small group of 8 writers, OSLAM has exploded in only three short years to become one of the strongest literary powers on Oberlin's campus, creating not only a club open to all levels of writing, but also a professional slam team that battles at competitions across the country, and BRWN, a writing space for poets that identify as people of color.
OSLAM's current presidents for the 2016-2017 year are Elizabeth Johnson (she/her/hers) and Annika Hansteen Izora (she/her/hers). As Brown women, both poets strive to create a space that uplifts the voices of marginalized artists.