• Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising.

  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Transfer Day

    Apr 01| Admissions

    At Transfer Day, prospective transfer students are invited to take a tour of campus, have their questions answered in a one-on-one appointment, and learn how to make a smooth transition to Otis College. If you are considering transferring into one of our programs, please join us on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12-3pm. 


  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.

  • Rejuvenating Yoga

    Apr 04| Student Event

    All students and Otis College community welcomed and encouraged to participate. Visiting artist Catherine Tingey facilitates the Yoga class!

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture REDUX.5 by Michiel Riedijk at MOCA.


    Michiel Riedijk regularly lectures at universities, cultural institutions and symposia worldwide. His theories and writings on architecture have gained international recognition from fellow architects and scholars. The work of Neutelings Riedijk Architects has received worldwide appreciation through numerous publications, international awards and exhibitions around the world. - Neutelings Riedijk Architects


Otis Books | Seismicity Editions: Submissions

February 2017 Open Reading Period

Otis Books publish books of contemporary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, with a special interest in work in translation and writing from and about Los Angeles. We are open for submissions of manuscripts of poetry, fiction, or non-fiction, in English original or in translation during the month of February 2017. We are interested in work by previously unpublished writers, as well as established writers. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. There is no reading fee.  

Manuscript Requirements

Individual essays, stories, or poems from the manuscripts may have been published previously in magazines, chapbooks of less than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.

Manuscript must be paginated consecutively with a table of contents and acknowledgements page (a list of publications in which poems, essays, or stories have appeared).

Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered. 

Employees and board members of Otis College are not eligible. 


Send all submissions (PDF only, other formats will not be considered) to with a cover letter indicating whether this will be your first book or whether you have previous book publications. Manuscripts will be accepted through March 7, 2017.

Timeline and Notification

Selections will be announced on May 2, 2017 via the website and Facebook page.

We will contact you via email if your manuscript is selected for publication.

Otis Books is a publication project of MFA Writing at Otis College of Art and Design. Our MFA students are involved in all aspects of the press’ activities, from selecting and editing manuscripts to designing books, managing production, and getting our titles out into the world. To date Otis Books has published over 40 titles, most recently Beginnings by Alan Loney, The Wilderness After Which by L.S. Klatt, and Caesura: Essays by Gary McDowell. Otis Books are available for purchase from Small Press Distribution