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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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Robert Dobbie

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After his years at Otis Robert Dobbie ’01 (a.k.a. Rob Dob or Bob Dob) has built up a distinctly sardonic portfolio of work that has come to fruition in his new book, BOBDOB: Painting Collection Volume One, published by Murphy Design. (BOBDOB)

“What I loved most at first about Bob Dob’s style of painting was something that I didn’t even notice in the beginning,” says one reviewer, Reevo. “I was initially engrossed with his fine art styled oil paintings. The feeling is that the people in his images had a story to tell if only I could hear them from within the canvas.

“It wasn’t until some time later that I even noticed the characters in his paintings were cartoon-like. It’s something that I still can’t quite get my head around or explain. It seems obvious now, but at first they looked so real.

“There’s lots of anger, frustration, desperation and disappointment in the characters’ faces. There are a few semi-smiles within but these are associated with menace rather than happiness. I think this is one of Bob Dob’s greatest achievements as a painter actually: the way in which he constantly manages to get raw emotions across to the viewer in his paintings.”

Narrative humor with bleak, mundane or crazed imagery, and a discernible sense of truthfulness continue to be the defining characteristic of his illustrations. Dob works as a commercial artist for such clients as Aflac, American Airlines, Village Voice and ABC Family Channel.

Born and raised in Hermosa Beach, California, Bob now resides a stone’s throw away in Redondo Beach.

http://www.bobdob.com