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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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Fashion Runway Show Scholarship Benefit raises $1M

On May 4 at the Beverly Hilton, approximately 800 leaders of fashion design, entertainment and business joined in support for burgeoning young talent in fashion, art, and design. The event raised approximately $1 million for scholarships. 
 
On the runway were student designs created this year with mentors Bob Mackie, Mary Jo Bruno, Billabong, Christopher Wicks,alumnae Claire Pettibone and Cynthia Vincent, Disney, EleVen by Venus Williams, Halston and the Humane Society, Urban Outfitters, and Betsy Heimann with Western Costume.Highlights included projects with Halston and the Humane Society re-defining luxury in faux fur, with Billabong designing sustainable swimwear, with Disney and Pixar creating costumes for the upcoming feature Monsters University, and with Venus Williams’ EleVen designing tennis apparel.
 
The Otis Sustainability Alliance, a major new initiative partnering leading apparel brands with educators and designers to promote and educate the public about sustainable practice, was launched with recognition of the inaugural partners - Eddie Bauer, Disney, Nike, Patagonia, Quiksilver, and Todd Oldham.
 
Kirk Nix of KNA Design was honored with the Creative Vision Award for his iconic work around the globe, and the inaugural Style Icon Award went to Sally Perrin, Creative Director of Perrin Paris, for her iconic style that combines a unique and discerning feminine eye with French tradition.
 
Attendees included Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight, Hurley CEO Bob Hurley, Nike V.P. Roger Wyett, Publisher Alan Klein, Philanthropist Elaine Goldsmith, Francisco George and William Escalera, Cliff and Mandy Einstein, Mace Neufeld, Nicolas Bijan Pakzad, Kate and Art Coppola, Jennifer Perry, Dr. Gabriel Chiu, Christina Chiu, Peter Lai, Lu Parker, Lena Hermansson, Cameron Silver, Bob Colomby, Carolyn Mahboubi, Newman and Jonathan Arndt, Alma Ruiz, Nancy Moonves, and Frederick Fisher.