Events
  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
     
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

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Visiting Writers Series

All events begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted below and are free of charge, but seating is limited.
The Forum, Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln Boulevard Los Angeles, CA. 90045

September 6: Amelia Gray
Amelia Gray

Amelia Gray

Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

 
September 20: Luis J. Rodriguez
Luis J. Rodriguez

Luis J. Rodriguez

Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

 
October 4: Zinzi Clemmons
Zinzi Clemmons

Zinzi Clemmons

Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

 
MFA Lecture Series October 11: Louise Sandhaus
Louise Sandhaus

Louise Sandhaus

Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from the New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

 
October 18: F. Douglas Brown
F. Douglas Brown

F. Douglas Brown

F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

 
November 1: Emily Raboteau
Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

 
MFA Lecture Series November 8: Barry Schwabsky
Barry Schwabsky

Barry Schwabsky

Barry Schwabsky is art critic for The Nation, co-editor of international reviews for Artforum, and writes for the London Review of Books, New Left Review, the Brooklyn Rail, and hyperallergic.com. He recently curated the exhibitions Tightrope Walk: Painted Images after Abstraction at White Cube, London, and R.B. Kitaj: The Exile at Home, at Marlborough Contemporary, New York. He has taught at Hunter, MICA, Yale, and Goldsmiths, among others, and is co-director of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, an autonomous and peripatetic art theory course whose third iteration takes place in 2017 in Berlin. He is the main author of the Vitamin P series of books on contemporary painting from Phaidon Press, and his own recent books include collections of critical essays—The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present and Words for Art: Criticism, History, Theory, Practice —as well as of poetry—Trembling Hand Equilibrium. Schwabsky is currently editing a new series of monographs on contemporary painters which the British publisher Lund Humphries will launch in Fall 2017.

 
November 15: Mahtem Shiferraw
Mahtem Shiferraw

Mahtem Shiferraw

Mahtem Shiferraw is a poet and visual artist who grew up in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Her work has been published in The 2River View, Cactus Heart Press, Blood Lotus Literary Journal, Luna Luna Magazine, Mandala Literary Journal, Blackberry: A Magazine, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Bitter Oleander Press, and Callaloo. She won the Sillerman Prize for African Poets for her collection Fushia, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Her chapbook Behind Walls & Glass was published by Finishing Line Press.

 
MFA Lectures Series December 6: Avram Finkelstein
Avram Finkelstein

Avram Finkelstein

Avram Finkelstein is a founding member of the collective responsible for Silence=Death and AIDSGATE, which was recently included in “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years” at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. He is also a founding member of the art collective Gran Fury, with whom he collaborated on public art projects for international institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Venice Biennale, ArtForum, MoCA in Los Angeles, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Creative Time, and the Public Art Fund. His solo work has been shown at the Whitney, the Cooper Hewitt, Kunsthalle Wein, the Harbor Gallery, Exit Art, Sue Scott Gallery, Monya Rowe Gallery, La MaMa La Galleria and Leslie Lohman Museum, the New Museum, the Smithsonian, the Brooklyn Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the New York Public Library. Finkelstien was one of the Opening Ceremonies speakers at the Life Ball in 2011, and has created public awareness campaigns for AmFAR, the AIDS Policy Project, the Campaign To End AIDS, ACT UP, POZ, United Against AIDS, and ACRIA.

 
January 24: Wendy C. Ortiz
Wendy C. Ortiz

Wendy C. Ortiz

Wendy C. Ortiz is a Los Angeles native and author of Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir, Bruja. Her work has been profiled or featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, the National Book Critics Small Press Spotlight Blog, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Joyland, StoryQuarterly, Hazlitt, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She is the co-editor and co-publisher of Lounge Lit: An Anthology of Poetry and Fiction by the Writers of Literati Cocktail and Rhapsodomancy.

 
February 7: Ching-In Chen
Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen is a genderqueer and multi-genre author of the novel-in-poems The Heart's Traffic, and most recently, Recombinant, as well as co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A Kundiman, Lambda, Callaloo and The Watering Hole Fellow, they are part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. They have also been awarded fellowships from Can Serrat, Millay Colony for the Arts, the Norman Mailer Center, and Imagining America. Their work has appeared in The Best American Experimental Writing, The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Chen is a senior editor of The Conversant and poetry editor of Texas Review. They currently teach creative writing and world literature at Sam Houston State University.

 
February 21: Rakesh Satyal
Rakesh Satyal

Rakesh Satyal

Rakesh Satyal is a Senior Editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. He held previous positions at Doubleday and HarperCollins. He has sat on the advisory board for the annual PEN World Voices Festival and has taught in the publishing program at NYU. The author of the Lambda Literary Award winning novel, Boy Blue, and most recently, No One Can Pronounce My Name, published by Picador, his work has also appeared in the anthologies The Man I Might Become, Fresh Men 2, The Letter Q, and Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey.

 
February 28: Michael Andreasen
Michael Andreasen

Michael Andreasen

Michael Andreasen’s short story collection, The Sea Beast Takes a Lover, is forthcoming from Dutton. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, Quarterly West, and The New Yorker where his work has been described as “a remarkable mixture of solemnity and humor.” Andreasen is a Senior Lecturer at UC Irvine.

 
March 28: André Naffis-Sahely
André Naffis-Sahely

André Naffis-Sahely

André Naffis-Sahely’s nonfiction writing has appeared in The Nation, The Economist, The Times Literary Supplement, The Paris Review Daily, Poetry, New Statesman, The Independent, The White Review, and The Chimurenga Chronic, and elsewhere. He has translated over twenty titles of fiction and poetry from the Italian and French. His Selected Poems of Abdellatif Laâbi was winner of a PEN Translates award in 2016 and his poems and translations have been featured in the anthologies New Poetries VI, Passages: Africa, The Best British Poetry 2014, My Voice: A Decade of Poems from the PTC, Oxford Poets Anthology 2013, Days of Roses: Volume 2, and The World Record. Naffis-Sahely co-edited The Palm Beach Effect: Reflections on Michael Hofmann as well as The Selected Prose of Mick Imlah. He has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Dar al-Ma'mûn. His debut collection of poetry, The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life, is forthcoming from Penguin. He teaches at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.

 
MFA Lecture Series April 11: Christa Parravani
Christa Parravani

Christa Parravani

Christa Parravani is a writer and photographer. She is the author of Her: A Memoir. A Wall Street Journal, Salon, and Library Journal best book of the year, Her was also selected as an Indie Bound Next Pick, an NPR, Oprah, and People Magazine must-read memoir, and named the Amazon Debut Spotlight Pick for March 2013 and an Amazon best book of the month. Parravani's writing has appeared in Catapult, Marie Claire, Glamour, The Washington Post, Salon, The Rumpus, The Daily Beast, The London Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, and DAME. She has been featured in Poets and Writers, Vogue, PBS, and on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "To the Best of Our Knowledge.” Her photographs have been exhibited internationally and she has taught photography at Dartmouth, Columbia University and UMass, Amherst. Parravani is an Assistant Professor in Creative Nonfiction at West Virginia University’s MFA Creative Writing program.