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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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Illustration Alumnus Cole Moss

Dec 16, 2013
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Cole Moss (’11 Communication Arts) started Unicorn Industries/Grey Rainbow as chief illustrator, primary concept developer, full-time researcher, and resident fool.

I make projects that are for adults, but can be understood by children. My thought was that I would keep making work about things that interested me, and naturally, if the idea was worthy of discussion, the project would gather its own audience within a reasonable spectrum. With each subsequent project, I work to alienate myself while attracting a stronger, hopefully hungrier audience.
For example, Sunday, February 26: losing sleep, mid-afternoon runs, close proximity to a quality blender, opportunity to work relatively clothed for weeks on end, developing new constraints to keep myself productive, and the loss of apprehension when it comes to choosing socks that match.
I am always doing my best impression of a factory, while trying to not think about the smokestacks of others.

I took a road trip through northern California, and a friend asked me what I did to promote my work. One evening, tucked away in a run-down 1970′s strip motel, I pulled up a few humor sites that I had initially missed and sent a few cold promotional emails to them. A few days later, I was standing in line at LAX heading back to Missouri. I feel a buzz in my pocket and it’s a text message from a friend saying that my book was on the front page of a really large social news aggregate website called Reddit. One of the websites that I had emailed put my book on their blog, and it was picked up by a handful of other sites immediately. From one little email to a humor website, the floodgates opened. Within the week, I had over 200,000 visitors to my website, and by the end of the month I had offers from a handful of great publishers to produce my book. (for sale on Amazon, or at Barnes and Noble or Urban Outfitters.)
Otis gave me the opportunity to explore every whim and passing fancy. It allowed me the chance to delude myself, rationalize my actual skill set, and then proceed to make things that, in their outward appearance, seem relevant to society.

 

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