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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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Coleen Sterritt

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For nearly three decades since departing Otis, Sterritt (’79 MFA Fine Arts) has explored formal aspects of weight and balance, surface and texture through her sculptures, often beginning with a material that enters her awareness, and inevitably involves some form of stacking.

“In recent years as society has indelibly changed,” notes d.e.n. contemporary art, “many works of art have come to be seen in a relatively new light as they reflect ideas of imbalance, the notion of certain geometries as invulnerable, and the disparity between the raw and the refined. Viewed in the context of these uncertain times, Sterritt's work ventures into new directions with an up reaching, but precarious verticality, while still retaining moments of innocence and surreal fairy-tale construction.”

“I usually attached myself to a particular material,” says Sterritt in Spraygraphic, “such as cork, scrap lumber, cardboard, felt (whatever I find interesting at the moment) and focus on a single action — gluing, clumping, stacking, joining, etc. — and the form creates itself. The work is described by its own determination. Since I’ve been incorporating recognizable objects such as the found furniture, the work has opened up to narratives and metaphors out of not my control — and I really enjoy what happens. It’s a labor-intensive, but joyful process. Fluid and intuitive, mysterious and full of questions. It’s provided me with a set of circumstances I can work against: a catalyst to move forward.”

Sterritt has been an avid teacher, too. Her teaching career began in 1983 and has included positions at Otis, USC, Cal State Long Beach, and Pepperdine University. She was a Distinguished Visiting Artist at Cal State University, Fullerton, and an Adjunct Professor at The Claremont Graduate University before joining the Long Beach Community College Art Department in 1998 as the full-time faculty coordinator for the sculpture program.

Sterritt has exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has received many awards including artist fellowships from the NEA, Art Matters, J. Paul Getty Trust, and City of L.A. (COLA Award). Among the notable collections that include Sterritt’s work are the MOCA, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; and Scripps College Collection, Claremont, California.

http://www.coleensterritt.com/