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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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Guy Bennett: 2009-10 Faculty Development Grant Report


Report:

I received a Faculty Development Grant in 2010 in support of the creation of an audio-textual work for submission to the media poetry competition of the 2011 Biennale internationale des poètes en Val de Marne (BIPVAL), an international poetry festival based in Paris, France. Grant monies were used for research travel to and within Paris in summer 2010 as well as for a set of monitors used in composing and editing this work.

The piece, entitled Sound Memory, is an exploration of the relationship between sound, memory, and the imagination, in the context of short wave radio transmissions. I began writing the textual portion of it in spring 2010, completing it later that summer while researching at the Maison de la Radio and at the Institut national de l'audio visuel in Paris. The audio portion of the work was created that fall in Los Angeles. It consists of readings of the text and a sound collage combining recordings of shortwave radio, lost musics, and radio noise. The vocal part was recorded in the video lab at Otis, and the sound collage was created on my computer, which I also used to edit and mix the work.

Sound Memory was submitted to the BIPVAL media poetry competition in late-December 2010. As of this writing (April 25, 2011), I do not know whether my piece has been selected for public presentation at the Biennale, which will take place in late May.

I would like to thank the Faculty Development Committee for their consideration, and the college for its continued support of faculty projects.

Project description and sound file: http://www.guybennett.com/#798696/Sound-Memory/
Biennale internationale des poètes en Val de Marne: http://www.biennaledespoetes.fr/

--Guy Bennett
Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Writing