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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Carlos Almaraz

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Carlos Almaraz ('74, MFA Fine Arts), born in Mexico City in 1941, grew up in Chicago and Los Angeles. Considered one of the preeminent members of L.A.’s Chicano School during the 1970s and ‘80s, Almaraz helped bring Chicano street art into mainstream art circles.

As a member of the Los Four collective, together with Frank Romero, Roberto de la Rocha and Gilbert Lujan, and his wife Elsa Flores Almaraz, he collaborated on many public murals in L.A. He was also a prolific painter and printmaker whose work captured the vitality and life of East Los Angeles neighborhoods such as Echo Park with bright violets, hot pinks and bloodlike reds and expressionistic paint handling. From his apartment window, he painted the view in various incarnations, from serenely bucolic to hot, feverish and dangerous. Despite his untimely death in 1989, Almaraz continues to influence younger generations through exhibitions and collections.