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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.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • 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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Heather Joseph-Witham: 2007-08 Faculty Development Grant Report

 

 Haunted Mortuary

The Haunted Mortuary, has documented spirits and a new section featuring Anne Rice's vampire paraphernalia.

I received a faculty development grant in the fall of 2007. I used the money to travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to perform ethnography and interview vampires and vampire fans during the busiest time of the year for the undead: Halloween!

I filmed interviews and events in order to create a documentary video. This video - Visiting Vampires in the Big Easy - takes the viewer on a magic carpet ride through vampire tourism in New Orleans.

Vampires have become increasingly visible in the 21st century. They are no longer viewed as the bloodthirsty beasts of yesteryear but are seen as romantic outsiders longing to find love and have a luscious bite or two from a willing donor. Vampire fiction has moved on from the morbid folkloric nosferatu, and the aristocratic beasts of Polidori, le Fanu and Stoker. Indeed, vampires in modern fiction are often tortured, sexy, gorgeous, wealthy, mysterious and lonely. The books frequently chronicle the handsome but unhappy vampire’s meeting with his destined future companion. Such romantic visions increase vampire fandom and bring hordes of women to sites such as New Orleans to seek out the misunderstood vampire or at least to converse with others who dream of befanged outsiders as well. Such connections between fan folk frequently occur through the web but are solidified during vampire tourist events.

Joseph-Witham and Kenyon

Heather Joseph-Witham with bestselling vampire romance author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

 Vampire couple

A vamp couple at the annual Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat Ball.