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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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On Thursday, April 10 from 6-9PM the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce and Otis College of Art and Design will co-host a panel discussion on the “Faces of the Creative Economy,” inspired by the quickly emerging creative, media, technology and economic prowess of Silicon Beach. With innovation at the core of many creative and technology-based startup companies emerging throughout the Los Angeles area, this event will provide Angelenos with an opportunity to celebrate local product design and technology-focused entrepreneurs.

The event will begin with a brief overview of the 2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy, presented by Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, Economist, Kyser Center for Economic Research, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. Current panelists include: Jen Bilik, Founder of Knock Knock, a product design company based in Venice that “puts the fun in functional” through the production and sale of witty products including office, organizational, and bedtime related objects;  Ryan and Adam Goldsten, co-founders of Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) and former basketball and football players at the University of Southern California. APL is “dedicated to providing exclusive high-performance athletic footwear and apparel products utilizing a combination of breakthrough technology, advanced materials, and innovative product design.” The event will end with a set from solar DJs Object Control, Mark X. Farina and Matthew Horne.

Otis’ Director of Foundation Relations Christine Leahey welcomes the public to campus and remarks, “The 2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy documents that Los Angeles and California are creative capitals of the nation. In partnership with the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, we are pleased to put a face to this phenomenon with thought-provoking, accomplished professionals who are driving cultural and economic change.” Rachel Horning, head of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce technology initiative Connect to Tech L.A. adds , “We are thrilled to offer this sneak peek into the creative products developed and distributed by our hand-selected panelists. It’s important to showcase local entrepreneurs whose ideas contribute to reshaping Los Angeles as we know it.”

 

The event is open to the public. 

 

About LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce

Since 1953, the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead on meaningful issues affecting the business and residential communities it represents. The Chamber works to promote business and support the communities of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey, Del Rey, Playa Vista and LAX. Additional information is available at www.laxcoastal.com.

About Otis College of Art and Design

Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1100 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at www.otis.edu.

 

 

April
10
Special Event
Faces of the Creative Economy
6:00PM - 9:00PM Otis College of Art and Design
Open to the Public
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Sponsored by
LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce
April
10
2014-04-10 18:00 2014-04-10 21:00
Special Event
Faces of the Creative Economy
6:00PM - 9:00PM | Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Open to the Public
Free Icon