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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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Michele Jaquis: 2013-14 Faculty Development Grant Report


Excerpt:

In Spring 2014 I received an Otis Faculty Development Grant, which covered the cost of mounting 26 light jet prints on 8x10” wood panels.

“26 Passports” is a series of digitally manipulated scans of my expired passport in which I edited out my face, surname and signature replacing them with a social- media-like avatar and common surnames (with new signatures to match) from a range of cultures around the world, one for each letter of the English alphabet. This involved extensive anthroponymastic research in the global practices of family naming, and detailed PhotoShop work including recreating the colors, textures and font from the original passport. The project invites viewers to imagine how their perceptions of what this person looks like might change based on her surname. It was conceived of in response to often being told "You don't look Jewish; your last name isn't Jewish," but also references the racial profiling of our post 9/11 era.

--Michele Jaquis
Assistant Professor, Integrated Learning / Creative Action
Director, Interdisciplinary Studies & Artists, Community and Teaching

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26 Passports Installation at Angels Gate

26 Passports Installation at Angels Gate Cultural Center

26 Passports Installation Detail View Angels Gate

Detailed View of 26 Passports Installation at Angels Gate