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  • Bauhaus Dances

    Feb 07| Screening

    Bauhaus Dances, 1986 presented by Debra McCall
    Sunday, February 7, 4pm, Otis Forum, Free

  • Jillian Mayer is an artist and filmmaker living in South Florida. Her video works and performances have been premiered at galleries and museums internationally such as MoMA, MoCA:NoMi, BAM, Bass Museum, the Contemporary Museum of Montreal with the Montreal Biennial (2014) and film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and the New York Film Festival. She was recently featured in Art Papers, ArtNews and Art Forum discussing identity, Internet and her artistic practices and influences.
  • York Chang (b. 1973, St. Louis, MO) is an interdisciplinary artist who uses forensic and archival information systems as supports for poetic gestures and alternate histories, in order to interrogate the aesthetic conventions of authority which often serve to blur the line between fiction and reality. He earned both his BFA (1996) and Juris Doctorate (2001) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). York Chang lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and is represented by Greene Exhibitions. 
  • Presidents' Day Holiday

    Feb 15| Academic Dates

    Otis offices are closed for the Holiday.

  • Oliver Kellhammer is an independent artist, writer and researcher, who seeks, through his botanical interventions and social art practice, to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His recent work has focused on the psychosocial effects of climate change, cleaning up contaminated soils, reintroducing prehistoric trees to landscape damaged by industrial logging and cataloging the ecology of brownfield ecologies. He currently works as a lecturer in sustainable systems at Parsons in New York City.
  • In this performance I try to summarize In search of past time with my own words, as a story of another time which reveals itself contemporary. I deliver my own intimate and personal perception of this book which radiates in my life. Each performance is another opportunity to explore different zones of the book, proceeding at random, inspired by an aleatory and fickle memory. 
  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture REDUX.4 by IÑAKI ÁBALOS


Visiting Writers Series

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


September 16
Otis Books Reading—Tim Erickson

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.

September 23
Graduate Writing Student Reading

Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress. 7pm, Galef building, Room 207

September 30
David Treuer

David Treuer

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.

October 7
Angela Flournoy

Angela Flournoy

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.

October 21
Susan Choi

Susan Choi

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.

October 28
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

November 4:
Otis Books Reading—Cross-Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco

Neeli CherkovskiBill Mohr

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.

November 18:
Fred Moten

Fred Moten

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.

December 9
Marisa Silver

Marisa Silver

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.

December 16
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

February 3
Maile Meloy

Maile Meloy

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.

February 17
Emily Kendal Frey

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.

February 24
Graduate Writing Student Reading

Graduate Writing students will read from works-in-progress. 7pm, Galef building, Room 207

March 2
Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro

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.

March 9
Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki

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.

March 16
Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown

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.

April 6
Otis Books Reading — Sarah Shun-lien Bynum and Soo Kim

Sarah Shun-lien BynumSoo 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.

April 13
Graduate Student Reading

Otis Graduate Writing students will read from recent work. 7pm, Galef building, Room 207

April 20
Garth Greenwell

Garth Greenwell

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.


Past Visitors

Salar Abdoh
Daniel Alarcón
Jane Alison
Samina Ali
Erik Anderson
J. Reuben Appelman
Rae Armantrout
Luigi Ballerini
Mary Jo Bang
Amiri Baraka
Tom Barbash 
Lou Beach 
Art Beck 
Philippe Beck
Bruce Bégout
Aimee Bender
Guy Bennett
Nick Benson 
Bill Berkson
Kate Bernheimer
Jenny Boully
Laynie Browne
Peter Cameron
Mary Caponegro
Ron Carlson
Beppe Cavatorta
Ann Cefola
Neeli Cherkovski
Jeff Clark
Joshua Clover
Norma Cole 
Wanda Coleman
Gillian Conoley
Eleanor Cooney
Bernard Cooper
Lucy Corin
Robert Crosson
John D'Agata
Donna de la Perrière
Mark Z. Danielewski 
Michael Davidson
Ray DiPalma
Yves Di Manno 
Timothy Donnelly
Ben Doller
Sandra Doller
Dolores Dorantes
Ben Ehrenreich
Gilad Elbom
Kenward Elmslie
Lynn Emanuel
Steve Evans
Percival Everett
Janet Fitch
Sesshu Foster
David Francis
Kathleen Fraser
Peter Gadol
Amity Gaige
Forrest Gander
Cristina Garcia
Polly Geller
Amy Gerstler
C.S. Giscombe
Hal Glicksman

Jaimy Gordon
David Groff
Olga Grushin
Katharine Haake
Paul Harding
Adam Haslett
Brooks Hansen
Michael Heller
Jack Hirschman
Jen Hofer
Anselm Hollo
Cathy Park Hong
James Houston
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Brenda Hillman
Harmony Holiday 
John Humble
Christine Hume
Samantha Hunt
Lawson Fusao Inada
David James
Dennis Loy Johnson
Devin Johnston
Mat Johnson
Pierre Joris
Michael Joyce
Trevor Joyce
Bhanu Kapil
Ilya Kaminsky 
Douglas Kearney
Walter Kirn
Norman Klein
Jennifer L. Knox
Bill Krohn
Joshua Kryah
Joanne Kyger
Aaron Kunin
Rachel Kushner 
Paul La Farge
Laila Lalami
Ann Lauterbach
Michelle Latiolais 
Joseph Lease
Ben Lerner
Jonathan Lethem 
Suzanne Jill Levine
Sam Lipsyte
Timothy Liu
Michael Lowenthal
Alvin Lu
Lisa Lubasch
Carol Maier
Lewis MacAdams
Barbara Maloutas
Sarah Manguso
Yves di Manno
Anthony Marra
Louise Mathias
Michael McClure
Heather McGowan
John McManus
Joyelle McSweeney
Laura Moriarty
Jennifer Moxley
Harryette Mullen
Laura Mullen 
Ryan Murphy
Maggie Nelson
Monica Nepote
Joseph O'Neill
Ron Padgett
Elio Pagliarani
Michael Palmer
Nicole Peyrafitte
Nick Piombino
Claudia Rankine
Tom Raworth
Ishmael Reed
Antonio Riccardi
Elizabeth Robinson
Stephen Rodefer
Olivia Rosenthal
Joe Ross
Jerome Rothenberg
James Sallis
Ari Samsky
Hélène Sanguinetti
Janet Sarbanes
Leslie Scalapino
Joanna Scott
Hubert Selby Jr.
Danzy Senna
Standard Schaefer
Christine Schutt
Salvatore Scibona
Prageeta Sharma
Aaron Shurin
Eleni Sikelianos
Jane Smiley
Carmen Giménez Smith
Ersi Sotiropoulos
Rob Spillman
Dana Spiotta
Sister Spit
Jane Sprague
Kevin Starr
David St. John
Cole Swenson 
Nathaniel Tarn
Justin Torres
Monique Truong
Frederic Tuten
David Ulin
Cecilia Vicuna
Catherine Wagner
D.J. Waldie
Jess Walter
Diane Ward
Marjorie Welish 
Lawrence Weschler
Marianne Wiggins
Antoine Wilson
Allyssa Wolf
CD Wright
Gail Wronsky
Karen Tei Yamashita
Matthew Zapruder
Ofelia Zepeda