The Accent is an on-going, contemporary publication designed by students for students. The Accent was originally launched in 2012 by former USAO professor Dr. Meagan Rodgers and a dedicated group of students as an initiative from the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs to showcase the literary and artistic talents of USAO students. From the beginning, The Accent has proven to be an inclusive space for aspiring artists of all disciplines to display their work in a competitive environment. Under the new direction of Dr. Tonnia L. Anderson, The Accent is becoming more community-oriented via events like poetry slams and other live readings. Building a stronger USAO community through the Arts is top priority for the publication. Through these efforts, we hope to provide students with an exciting venue to present their creative voices.