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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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Keith Downey: 2011-12 Faculty Development Grant Report


Excerpts:

Collaboration between the composer/pianist Timothy Johnson, Otis alumni Aaron Weldon and myself. The music is from Mr. Johnson's new album "A Guild to Misinterpreting the Past.”

From the outset, one of the main goals of this project has been to find a pragmatic methodology that would be first and foremost effective but also one that would be comprised of tools that are available to all students at Otis. With this in mind, we began with preliminary lens tests. We limited ourselves to Nikon and Canon still lenses (with a few exceptions, i.e., a lensbaby and the Tokina 11mm-16mm.) Our tests favored the older manual Nikon Nikkor lenses. Not only for their sharpness and color rendering but also for their practical mechanical build. We began the project using the RED Canon Lens Mount, coupled with inexpressive adapters that allow us to shoot with the Nikon lenses. Over the course of the project we purchased a Optitek Nikon ProLock Mount. This allowed us to bypass the adapters and mount the lenses directly onto our camera. It should be noted that we did not see any visual lost in the footage while using the adapters.

--Keith Downey
Associate Professsor, Digital Media

Read Final Report [PDF]