All readings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free of charge, but seating is limited.
Ahmanson Hall Forum, Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln Boulevard Los Angeles, CA. 90045
Fall 2014 Visiting Writer Series
Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices. Forrest Gander is the author of more than a dozen books, including his 2011 poetry collection Core Samples from the World, a collaboration with the photographers Graciela Iturbide, Raymond Meeks, and Lucas Foglia, which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other books include the novel As A Friend, the poetry collections Eye Against Eye (with photographs by Sally Mann), Torn Awake, and Science & Steepleflower, as well as the essay collection Faithful Existence: Reading, Memory & Transcendence. Gander notably has translated work by Pura Lopez Colome, Kiwao Nomura (with Kyoko Yoshida, which won the Best Translated Book Award for 2012), Coral Bracho, and Jaime Saenz (with Kent Johnson). The recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting Foundations, Gander was named a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow in 2008. He is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brown.
Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Twentieth-Century Man by Michael Joyce. Starting with a disappearance, Twentieth-Century Man contemplates issues imbedded in aging, memory, language, family, and even life and death, covering and uncovering many profound mysteries. The New York Times called Michael Joyce’s afternoon “the granddaddy of hypertext fictions,” and The Toronto Globe and Mail said that it “is to the hypertext interactive novel what the Gutenberg bible is to publishing.” Other hyperfictions include “On the Birthday of the Stranger,” Twilight, A Symphony, and Twelve Blue, the collaborative work The Sonatas of Saint Francis, and the shorter hyperfictions WOE, Lucy's Sister, Reach and Lasting Image (with Carolyn Guyer). Joyce is also the author of eleven books, including The War Outside Ireland, Moral Tales and Meditations: Technological Parables and Refractions, Was: annals nomadique/A novel for the internet, Liam’s Going, Disappearance, Going the Distance, and Foucault, in Winter, in the Linnaeus Garden. His collaborative multimedia work with Alexandra Grant includes Lost Hills Hokku and The Ladder Series. In 2013, he was appointed Laureate of the City of Paris and selected to participate in the Institut français artist-in-residence program at Les Récollets. Joyce teaches at Vassar, where he co-founded the program in Media Studies. .
Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, named one of the top ten books of the year by Salon. Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay, was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and short-listed in the UK for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and long-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowhip, the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, her work has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, and the New York Times Magazine. Manguso has taught at Columbia, the New School, NYU, Princeton, and Pratt. She now lives in Los Angeles and is currently teaching at Otis.
Karen Tei Yamashita
Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, Brazil-Maru, Tropic of Orange, Circle K Cycles, and I Hotel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and awarded the California Book Award, the American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award, and the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award. She recently received a United States Artists Ford Foundation Fellowship and is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz, as well as a co-holder of the UC Presidential Chair for Feminist Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.
Rob Spillman is Editor and co-founder of Tin House, which has been honored in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, O’Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology and numerous other anthologies. He is also Executive Editor of Tin House Books and co-founder of the Tin House Literary Festival. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and elsewhere. He is also the editor of Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing and currently a lecturer at Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn.
Cathy Park Hong
Cathy Park Hong's poetry collections include Translating Mo'um and Dance Dance Revolution, which was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Norton published her third book of poems, Engine Empire, in 2012. A former Fullbright Fellow, Hong is also the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her poems have been appeared in A Public Space, Poetry, Paris Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney's, APR, Harvard Review, Boston Review, The Nation, and other journals. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and is regular faculty at the Queens MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, a work of nonfiction The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. The recipient of a United States Artists James Baldwin Fellowship, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, Johnson teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.
Spring 2014 Visiting Writer Series
Paul Vangelisti is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including Embarrassment of Survival and Days Shadows Pass. Wholly Falsetto with People Dancing, a memoir of sorts, appeared in 2013, and his latest collection of poems, Two, was published by Talisman House in 2011. A noted editor, anthologist, and translator from the Italian, Vangelisti translated (with Lucia Re) Amelia Roselli’s War Variations, which won both the 2006 Ennio Flaiano Prize for Literary Translation in Italy and the PEN USA Translation Prize. His translation of Adriano Spatola’s The Position of Things: Collected Poems, 1961-1992 won the 2010 Academy of American Poets’ Book Prize for Translation. Vangelisti is the Founding Chair of the Graduate Writing program at Otis.
Amity Gaige’s third novel Schroder was shortlisted for the Folio Prize and published in eighteen countries. For her previous books, O My Darling and The Folded World, she won the Forward Book Award and was recognized as one of the “5 Under 35” outstanding emerging writers by the National Book Foundation. A Fulbright Fellow, Gaige has published work in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Yale Review, One Story, and elsewhere. She teaches at Amherst and lives in Connecticut.
Poet C. S. Giscombe’s collections include Prairie Style, Giscome Road, and Here, all published by Dalkey Archive. He is also the author of Into and Out of Dislocation, a travelogue-memoir in prose from North Point. His many awards include the Stephen Henderson Award in Poetry, the American Book Award, and the Carl Sandburg Prize, as well as fellowships from the NEA, the Fund for Poetry, the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, and the Canadian Embassy. He teaches at UC Berkeley.
In 2001, when Scribner published Dana Spiotta’s first novel, Lightning Field, The New York Times called it “the debut of a wonderfully gifted writer with an uncanny feel for the absurdities and sadnesses of contemporary life, and an unerring ear for how people talk and try to cope today.” Her second novel, Eat the Document, was a finalist for the National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Spiotta’s most recent novel, Stone Arabia, was a National Book Critics Award Finalist. She lives in New York State and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.
Jennifer L. Knox
Jennifer L. Knox's new collection of poems, Days of Shame and Failure, will be published by Bloof Books in Fall 2015. Her other books are The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway, Drunk by Noon, and A Gringo Like Me. Her poetry has been included in Best American Poetry and the anthologies Great American Prose Poems, From Poet to Present, and Best American Erotic Poems. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Fence, McSweeney's, and Bomb. She teaches at Iowa State University.
Otis Books Reading — We're Not Here to Disappear by Olivia Rosenthal
Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish We’re Not Here to Disappear by Olivia Rosenthal, translated by Béatrice Mousli.
Originally published in French in 2007, We’re Not Here to Disappear, a portrait of a man suffering from Alzheimer’s, was awarded the Prix Wepler Fondation de la Poste, as well as the Prix Pierre Simon Ethique & Reflexion. Since 1999, Olivia Rosenthal has published ten volumes with Gallimard, works that blur the lines between fiction, documentary, and autobiography.
Béatrice Mousli has written three biographies of early twentieth-century French writers, Valery Larbaud, Max Jacob, and Philippe Soupault, all published by Flammarion. She is currently working on a biography of Susan Sontag and teaches at USC, where she is the founding director of the Francophone Research and Resource Center.
Maggie Nelson’s 2011 book of art and cultural criticism, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, was featured on the front cover of the New York Times Book Review. Her other nonfiction books include the cult hit Bluets, a critical study of poetry and painting titled Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions, and an autobiographical book about sexual violence and the media, The Red Parts: A Memoir. Her poetry collections include Something Bright, Then Holes, Jane: A Murder, a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of Memoir, The Latest Winter, and Shiner. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Artforum, Bookforum, and Cabinet. Graywolf will publish her new book, The Argonauts, in May 2015. The recipient of grants and fellowships from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and Creative Capital, Nelson teaches at CalArts.
J. Reuben Appelman
Mary Jo Bang
Donna de la Perrière
Mark Z. Danielewski
Yves Di Manno
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Lawson Fusao Inada
Dennis Loy Johnson
Paul La Farge
Suzanne Jill Levine
Yves di Manno
Hubert Selby Jr.
Carmen Giménez Smith
David St. John