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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.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • 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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Ellen Hee-Jung Jin Over

Ellen Hee-Jung Jin Over

 

In 2005, Ellen Hee-Jung Jin Over (‘96, Communication Arts) received an Emmy in the Individual Achievement category for her work on the animated show Jakers! Adventures of Piggley Winks.

The heart of her body of work as an art director largely stems from Mike Young Productions (TV animation company), where she worked alongside a creative, intelligent staff comprised of more than 100 animators, artists, writers, and executives on numerous projects. Mike Young Productions is one of the largest independent animation studios in the world; his animators run the gamut from the more traditional 2D to cutting-edge, 3D / CGI.

Over the years, her specific work includes background painting on Tarzan II, Bionicle, Clifford the Big Red Dog and art direction for He-man the Masters of the Universe, and the multi-Emmy winning Jakers! Adventures of Piggley Winks. She also had the pleasure of working overseas as a digital BG trainer and supervisor in New Zealand, India, and China.

She has worked on the Emmy-nominated TV show Bratz, based upon the mega-hit fashion doll manufactured by MGA Entertainment. The toy line first appeared on retailers’ shelves in 2001 and has since become a global phenomenon in the kids’ merchandising market, often ranking as the #1 fashion-themed doll.

Ellen was the art director on the second Tinkerbelle movie for Disney called Tinkerbelle and the Lost Treasure and designed the teapot house for the movie. Visitors can see the the teapot house built at Disneyland in the area of “Pixie Hallow”. She is glad to join other alumni in leaving an “Otis” mark on Disneyland.