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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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Michele Jaquis

Michele Jaquis
Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Associate Professor
Education: 

MFA (sculpture) Rhode Island School of Design; College Teaching Certificate, Brown University's Sheridan Center for Teaching; BFA (sculpture, experimental studio, psychology) Hartford Art School/Univ. of Hartford; (sculpture & drawing) Burren College of Art, Ireland.

Bio/Affiliation: 

Socially engaged, interdisciplinary artist, educator and academic administrator who has been teaching in various departments at Otis since fall 2000. Work has been presented at conferences, film and video festivals, galleries, museums, and alternative spaces across the U.S. and in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Artists Collectives: Rise IndustriesPeople's Micronphony Camerata, NEIGHBORGAPBRIDGE

Residencies: Skirball Cultural Center, Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Vermont Studio Center

Represents Otis as a PALS Fellow in the Partnership for Academic Leadership on Sustainability.

AWARDS/HONORS: 

CCF’s Next Gen Arts Professional Development Grant
, US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Voice Award Nomination, Best Documentary 2008 Director’s Chair Film Festival

Otis Faculty Development Grants: Spring 2014, Spring 2011

Otis Curricular Innovation Grant for Blended Learning 2012