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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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Mario Ybarra Jr.

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Mario Ybarra, Jr. (’99, Fine Arts) describes his art as simply an effort to "translate the experience growing up in my neighborhood, the stuff that was around my grandma's house, and around in my mom's house." He grew up in Wilmington, a city with a large Latino population, surrounded by the growth of hip-hop, graffiti and drug culture. His work and community activism have been fueled by the difficulties he has witnessed. He is a lecturer in Otis' Fine Arts Dept. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art.

Rita Gonzalez, a consulting curator for the 2008 Whitney Biennial that featured his work, said of Ybarra that he is part of a new generation of Chicano artists who are shaped by the music, MTV and local subcultures. "It's not like being Chicano is not part of his consciousness,” notes Gonzalez, “it's just that he's telling the stories in different ways, not through painting the Virgin of Guadalupe."

Ybarra conducts workshops for kids around the country with other artists in the "Slanguage" artists' collective. He and his artist wife, Karla Diaz, also organize shows for New Chinatown Barbershop in L.A. Ybarra has also curated a survey of graffiti art at the Inshallah Gallery, L.A. and an exhibition of ball-pen drawings by inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison.