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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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Graduate Writing

 

Graduate Writing offers a multidisciplinary curriculum, drawing from the diverse cultures of Los Angeles. Writing is considered in relation to contemporary world literatures, with an emphasis on translation and the book arts.

Founded in 2000, the Graduate Writing Program at Otis offers a Master of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in prose, poetry, and literary translation. Workshops and literary seminars culminate in the completion of a creative thesis, while two-year paid practicums in teaching or publishing prepare students for life after graduate school in fields that complement a lasting writing practice. The small size and selective nature of the program ensure an exemplary student/faculty ratio and allow us to provide funding to all full-time students.

As the only full-residency MFA writing program in the city of Los Angeles, Otis makes the most of our location in a dynamic, complex city that has inspired writers ranging from Thomas Pynchon to Joan Didion, Octavia Butler to Raymond Chandler. The program is enriched by the eclectic literary resources of L.A. — its book festivals, reading series, galleries and museums, small presses, legendary writers’ haunts, and independent bookstores.

Our own biweekly literary events bring in writers, translators, and editors from around the world to meet and talk with students, sharing their work and expertise. The other graduate and undergraduate programs at Otis—including those in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, Digital Media, Illustration, and Book Arts—offer the possibility for interdisciplinary projects and artistic collaboration.

Though the program is full-residency, students have the option of enrolling on a full-time or part-time basis. Upon acceptance, full-time students receive a guarantee of two years’ partial fellowship support to assist with the overall tuition, as well as employment through the teaching and publishing practicums. In addition, all students in their final semester of study are eligible to apply for the First Book Fellowship, a $10,000 grant that enables them, following completion of the degree, to focus on developing and revising their thesis manuscript for publication.

In 2013, Otis announced the expansion of the translation track in our MFA program. Students who choose to concentrate in this track will produce a translation of literary prose or poetry as their thesis project. We developed this concentration in response to a growing need for access to world literary traditions. Otis is uniquely positioned to offer a translation emphasis: our faculty’s achievement in the field, our curricular focus on international writing, and our publishing commitment to works in translation, all make Otis the ideal place for students who wish to explore this emerging and vital discipline. Apply Now

 

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