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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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Academic Excellence: David Roy

INTERESTING THINGS YOU DID OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?
I mostly did a lot of bike riding. I did some epic rides on a special bike that I built for exploring the local fire roads and mountain trails. I did some longer rides including many centuries, and one from L.A. to San Diego. My favorite thing was organizing parties and art shows with Centaur, my art collective.

 

Hometown?
Los Angeles


Why Otis?
Of all the schools I visited, Otis was the most welcoming. I really liked the campus, and I was offered a very good financial aid package.

 

Your thesis project?
My thesis project examined transdisciplinary art and the ongoing relationship between art, technology, and industry. I also participated in a collaborative project with my classmates.
 

Most influential class?
It’s a tie between Sohrab Mohebbi’s Critic in Residence course on art and labor, and Dani Tull’s class on unconventional aesthetics.

 

Favorite place in L.A.?
Wherever I am on my bike. I am quite fond of a decommissioned Nike missile base in the Santa Monica Mountains.

 

Impact on your work/life?
I learned to think deeply, critically, and creatively in all aspects of my life. Studying here taught me to push myself to do more than I thought was possible.

 

What’s next?
I am building my portfolio to apply to graduate school next year. My new body of work uses my pinhole cameras and some experimental printing techniques that I developed at Otis. I organize shows, and I recently started restoring a ceramics studio in Little Tokyo.
 

Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
I have a ham radio license, which gives me an excuse to use the NATO phonetic alphabet on a regular basis. My call sign is Kilo-Juliet-Six-Zulu-Foxtrot-Victor!

 

Information/tips for future students?
Work hard because you’ll only get out what you put in. It’s a great privilege to go to art school; don’t take it for granted.

 

See David’s experiments with his pinhole cameras on youtube.