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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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Constance Zhang

Apr 30, 2013
Constance Zhang
Spotlight Category: Student

What is your hometown?
Dalian, China.

What originally attracted you to Otis?
Originally, Fashion Design.

How did you decide on your major?
Though I thought I would study Fashion Design, I became interested in Illustration. I switched to Product Design because a friend advised me that it was a more lucrative career.

What was your final senior project?
The mission was to create easy, simple “ready-to-assemble” playful chair sets. I thought of them as a way to escape the fast-paced and stressful work lives we lead. I also wanted to explore the limitless power of nature to express my own emotions. I want my works to be valued not only for their function but also as works of art.

Most fun/influential class?
My first Product Design class with Kristen Foster helped me understand that basic elements such as lines and planes can be organized in particular ways, and that balance and color can improve the overall aesthetic.

How did L.A. affect your education?
Living in L.A. is like living in the airport, because you experience and learn about diff rent cultures. I feel like L.A. is my second hometown.  L.A has everything that I need for practicing design.

How did Otis affect your work/life?
Otis is like my warm home. We care about each other, help each other, and influence each other. We share thoughts, ideas, happiness, and growth.

What will you remember?
Every time I walked into the studio and saw my desk, I had a sense of belonging. I miss my desk!

What would you tell new students?
Otis is a family to me, and will be your family too. Otis will take care of you no matter where you are from or what problem you have. I am very proud that I am a part of Otis. Otis will not only lead you to be a great designer but will also help you to find yourself.