All events begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted below and are free of charge, but seating is limited.
Ahmanson Hall Forum, Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln Boulevard Los Angeles, CA. 90045
Otis Books Reading—Tim Erickson
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.
Graduate Writing Student Reading
Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress. 7pm, Galef building, Room 207
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. A recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation, his essays and stories have appeared in Esquire, TriQuarterly, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Slate.com.
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.
Graduate Writing Student Reading
A special Halloween-themed Graduate Writing student reading: Special prizes will be given to those who attend in costume. 7pm, Galef building, Room 207
Otis Books Reading—Cross-Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco
Cross-Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco is the first anthology to examine the movement of poets up and down the West Coast after World War II. Editors Neeli Cherkovski and Bill Mohr have gathered over two dozen representative figures who exemplify the overlooked intermingling of a pair of feisty scenes. In revealing new layers of mutual influences, Cross-Strokes traces the restless poetics that epitomizes the small press movement in California.
Neeli Cherkovski is an internationally known poet and literary chronicler. His most recent poetry collection is The Crow and I. He is currently completing his memoirs.
Bill Mohr is a poet and literary historian who teaches at CSU Long Beach; his most recent book is Pruebas Ocultas.
Poet and critic Fred Moten teaches at UCR. He is the author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Feel Trio, and, with Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study. Forthcoming critical work includes consent not to be a single being and Animechanical Flesh, and a new collection of poems, The Little Edges. He has taught at Pratt, Princeton, Bard, Naropa, and UCI, and in 2009 was Critic-in-Residence at the Performing Arts Festival at the House of World Cultures, Berlin. Moten has served as a member of the Board of Managing Editors of American Quarterly and has been a member of the Editorial Collectives of Social Text and Callaloo, and of the Editorial Board of South Atlantic Quarterly. He is also co-founder and co-publisher (with Joseph Donahue) of the small press Three Count Pour.
Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.
Graduate Writing Student Reading
Graduate Writing students will read from works-in-progress. The reading will conclude with a Secret Santa gift exchange. 7pm, Galef building, Room 207
Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, and the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, which in 2009 was named one of the Ten Best Books by the New York Times Book Review. Her book for young readers, The Apothecary, was a New York Times bestseller and won the 2012 E.B. White Award. Meloy’s stories have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Granta, and she has received The Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two California Book Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Los Angeles.
Emily Kendal Frey
Emily Kendal Frey is the author of the poetry collections The Grief Performance, selected for the Cleveland State Poetry Center's 2010 First Book Prize by Rae Armantrout, and Sorrow Arrow, as well as the the chapbooks Frances, The New Planet, and Airport. The winner of the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, Frey's poetry has appeared in the journals Octopus and the Oregonian. She lives in Portland.
Graduate Writing Student Reading
Graduate Writing students will read from works-in-progress. 7pm, Galef building, Room 207
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of three memoirs, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels, including Family History and Black & White. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Salon, N+1, Virginia Quarterly Review, Granta, Tin House, and elsewhere, and she contributes regularly to the New York Times Book Review and Travel + Leisure. Shapiro, who has taught at Columbia and NYU, is the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She lives in Connecticut.
Edan Lepucki's first novel California debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and was a selection of Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers program. She is also the author of the novella If You're Not Yet Like Me, and her work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, the New York Times, and McSweeney's. A staff writer for The Millions, and the founder and co-director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles, Lepucki currently lives in the Bay Area.
Jericho Brown's first collection of poetry, Please, won the 2009 American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, was named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal and won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He has published poems in The Nation, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Best American Poetry. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the NEA, the Radcliffe Institute, and the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland. He has been a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Hurston Wright Poetry Prize. Brown lives in Atlanta and teaches at Emory.
Otis Books Reading — Sarah Shun-lien Bynum and Soo Kim
Otis Books is pleased to publish The Burglar, a collaboration between Otis Graduate Writing faculty member Sarah Shun-lien Bynum and Otis Fine Arts Professor and Program Director of Photography Soo Kim. Kim's use of cutting and layering in order to introduce areas of absence or disruption inspired a text written in a similarly layered and disrupted fashion: The narrative is comprised of very brief sections that jump rapidly among the consciousnesses of several characters during a botched home burglary.
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. The recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and an NEA Fellowship, her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Tin House, and the Georgia Review.
Soo Kim's work has been exhibited at the Getty Center, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, Vassar College, The Whitney Museum, Art Sonje Seoul, the Gwangju Biennale, and Angles gallery. Her art is included in many public and private collections, including LACMA, the Getty, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Broad Foundation.
Graduate Student Reading
Otis Graduate Writing students will read from recent work. 7pm, Galef building, Room 207
Garth Greenwell's first novel, What Belongs to You, is forthcoming from FSG in January 2016. He is also the author of a novella, Mitko, which won the Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award and a Lambda Award. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere. Greenwell is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he received an Arts Fellowship and a Guthrie Fellowship.
J. Reuben Appelman
Mary Jo Bang
Donna de la Perrière
Mark Z. Danielewski
Yves Di Manno
Cathy Park Hong
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Lawson Fusao Inada
Dennis Loy Johnson
Jennifer L. Knox
Paul La Farge
Suzanne Jill Levine
Yves di Manno
Hubert Selby Jr.
Carmen Giménez Smith
David St. John
Karen Tei Yamashita