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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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May 6, 2015
Sustainability
Jasmin DruffnerJasmin Druffner, a sophomore in Product Design with a minor in Sustainability and founder and “Chief Leaf” of Otis’ Dirty Deeds Garden Club, won first place at the sixth annual ECO Innovators’ Showcase at Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) Spring Green Expo 2015.  Each spring, the MWD invites Southern California college students to showcase their work, not [more]
Apr 14, 2015
Sustainability
Eco-PirateSave the date! “Movies that Matter” presents a special Earth Day screening of Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson (of “Whale Wars“) on Tuesday, April 21, at 7:00PM in the Forum. The film is “..about a man on a mission to save the planet and its oceans”, and an action-packed “thrilling and compelling portrait of an ecological [more]
Apr 11, 2015
Sustainability
FREE Water Conservation WorkshopThe Dirty Deeds, Otis Garden Club, is hosting a Water Conservation Workshop for home gardens this Sunday, April 12, from 10:00 – 11:00AM, at the Emerson Community Garden in Westchester. The workshop comes in perfect timing as mandatory water conservation measures are being asked to implement in Southern California in the face of a serious [more]
Mar 30, 2015
Sustainability
Urban Fruit a film about urban farmers in Los AngelesPlease join the Dirty Deeds, Otis Garden Club, in welcoming Roman Zenz and his documentary Urban Fruit, to Otis College of Art and Design. Urban Fruit tells the story of a handful of city dwellers growing food in Los Angeles, CA. They are a diverse group intent to reclaim a skill that has been lost to the industrial [more]
Nov 21, 2014
Sustainability
LA+WATERWe’re excited to announce the addition of Lewis MacAdams, Otis Graduate Writing Faculty, esteemed poet, and cofounder of Friends of the LA River, to the great line up at LA + WATER: Reimagining the LA River. Lewis will start the afternoon off with a reading and introduction. See details below. We hope to see you there! [more]
Nov 12, 2014
Sustainability
Break it Make ItCreative Action class, Ban the Bottle Abolish the Bag, taught by Lara Hoad in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation, presents Break It Make It, Wed. Nov. 19th 11am-12:30 on the Otis Lawn.  
Oct 12, 2014
Sustainability
PALS-Summit-2014_webThe 2014 Partnership for Academic Leadership on Sustainability (PALS) Summit met Oct. 1-4 at Pratt Institute in NYC. Michele Jaquis, Otis Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and PALS Fellow co-organized the summit with Deb Johnson, Executive Director of the Center for sustainable Design Strategies at Pratt Institute, and Deborah Obalil, AICAD’s Executive Director. Michele also gave [more]