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    Jeff Guess
    THURSDAY March 26th, 2015

    11.15 AM - 12.30 PM

    Renée Van Trier
    THURSDAY March 26th, 2015

    6.30 - 7.30 PM

  • Silke Otto-Knapp is a painter and associate professor of painting and drawing at UCLA. 
    She has had recent one-person exhibitions at Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles; Galerie Buchholz, Berlin; the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive; Greengrassi, London; Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London; Kunstverein Munich, Germany; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; the Banff Centre, Canada; Modern Art Oxford, UK; and Tate Britain, London.


  • Sergej Jensen

    Mar 31| Lectures
    Sergej Jensen’s work draws on a wide range of materials and formal references. Primarily known for his textile works, his lyrical compositions incorporate a variety of fabrics, from burlap and linen to silk and wool.
    He recently exhibited his work in the show "Classic" at Regen Projects, and his work is also included in LACMA's show "Variations: Conversations in and around Abstract Painting.”
  • Otis College of Art and Design Fine Arts Department presents the film collaborative from Berlin OJOBOCA.


    Thursday April 2nd, 2015
    7pm in Ahmanson Hall, lower-level screening room.
    9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045


  • Rea Tajiri

    Apr 07| Lectures
    Rea Tajiri is a New York based filmmaker and educator who has written and directed an eclectic body of dramatic, experimental, and documentary films currently in commercial and educational distribution. She is also an Associate Professor at Temple University in the Film Media Arts Department.
    Learn more about the artist here.


Visiting Writers Series

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


Spring 2015 Visiting Writer Series


January 21
Paul Vangelisti

Paul Vangelisti

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.


February 4
Amity Gaige

Amity Gaige

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.



February 18
C.S. Giscombe

C.S. Giscombe

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.



March 11
Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta

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.


March 25
Jennifer L. Knox

Jennifer 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.



April 15
Otis Books Reading — We're Not Here to Disappear by Olivia Rosenthal

Béatrice Mousli

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.


April 22
Maggie Nelson

Margaret Nelson

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 HolesJane: 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.


Past Readers

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
Forrest Gander
Cristina Garcia
Polly Geller
Amy Gerstler
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
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
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
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