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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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convocation 2011

The Convocation theme: "Creativity: Research, Practice, and Application.

Nationally recognized creativity researcher Mark A. Runco discussed phases of creativity and implications for teaching and developing students' talents. Dr. Runco is Senior Scholar for the University of Georgia’s Gifted and Creative Education Program and Torrance Professor of Creativity Studies and Gifted Education at the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development. He has been editor of the Creativity Research Journal for 33 years, and served as President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10. 

Renowned advertising, branding, and design leader Will Travis shared insights on creativity as it expands between the realms of design, advertising, and interactive media. Mr. Travis led global agency Dentsu’s North American operation, overseeing full service and media needs of Canon, Toyota, Phillips HDTV, and others, following his years as President of the boutique agency and creative hot shop ATTIK, where he served such clients as Levis, Nike, Kodak, MTV, CNN, Coke, AOL, and Sony.  

And Associate Professor Linda Hudson shared Otis’ Foundation and upper division design course, Creative Practices and Responses, its development, learning prompts and outcomes, and metacognitive underpinnings. A consultant on design projects including space planning, lighting, furniture, and fixture design for commercial and residential interiors, Linda has also enjoyed solo exhibitions at U.C. Berkeley's University Art Museum and Santa Monica Museum of Art.

The program concluded with our annual Teaching Excellence Awards celebration, honoring three of Otis’ finest faculty members.

 

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