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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.

  • 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 1, 2015
Toy Design Blog
mattel-LogoMattel Sponsored Vehicle Class   The Toy Design Department partnered with with Mattel to conduct a sponsored class that focused on the vehicle category. The class started with Mattel designers who served as mentors to help guide the students through the design challenge in designing a new line of toys that fits within one of [more]
May 1, 2015
Toy Design Blog
SeniorShow-BannerOtis Toy Design Senior Show 2015   r annual Senior Show was a hug hit! This year we had 21 amazing seniors showcasing an outstanding body of work that they  accumulated over the last three years! Everything from beautiful doll designs to edgy action figures, unique activity toys and amazing game designs! If you have [more]
Mar 10, 2015
Toy Design Blog
ToyFair-2015-Logo2Toy Fair 0pened its doors this February to thousands of registered global play professionals to explore a record-breaking 422,000+ net square feet of exhibit space filled with hundreds of thousands of toys, games and youth entertainment products. Countless amazing new product was an display allowing everyone to get a glimpse of what to expect to see on [more]
Feb 24, 2015
Toy Design Blog
BlogHeaderImage-01  The Toy Design Department had a fun filled day directly after  the Foundation Forward event at CalMart.   Razor USA generously provided their full line of amazing scooters to test ride and enjoy, including  the Rip Rider 360 and the all-famous Crazy Cart. Rafael Bencosme, Toy Design graduate from the class of 2013 was there to talk to students [more]
Dec 12, 2014
Toy Design Blog
GoP-emailbannerThe Toy Industry Association is excited to share a new industry-wide campaign aimed at raising awareness among parents and caregivers about the critical role that toys and play have in a child’s development. Follow the link below to view a 60-second video of kids using toys and engaging in play in creative and clever ways that will [more]
Dec 2, 2014
Toy Design Blog
By Jordan England-Nelson, Daily Breeze Manufacturers are bringing animators, marketers and toy designers together to produce new fictional universes optimized for commercialization and ready for global broadcast over the Internet. Modern toy companies want to engage their audiences with a single story told across multiple platforms with the help of digital technology, a concept known [more]
Nov 24, 2014
Toy Design Blog
HalloweenLogo-01This Halloween the Toy Design Department had each of their studios come together to celebrate by showcasing their amazing costumes and enjoying some tasty pizza. Check out all of the creative costumes that haunted the toy department on Halloween!
Nov 6, 2014
Toy Design Blog
Flyer-2-SizedStacey McBride-Irby recently visited Otis Toy Design department and presented her multicultural doll line. Follow the link to check out all the details in regards to Stacy’s The One World Doll Project. http://oneworlddolls.com/   [See image gallery at blogs.otis.edu]
Nov 6, 2014
Toy Design Blog
uglydoll_logoThis semester our Toy Design Department had a visit from David Horvath, creator of the famous Ugly Doll brand. He told the students how it all began and was introduced in 2001. David and co-creator Sun-Min-Kim were art students together and were separated when she had to move away when her student visa expired. David [more]
Apr 3, 2014
Toy Design Blog
Lego- DenmarkHoward Hyejun Sung, Toy Design graduate of 2011 has been working since his graduation as a Designer for LEGO in Denmark. Last summer he stopped by the Toy Design office when he came back to LA, and he visited with the Summer of Art Toy design class.  Here he is in a photo at his [more]