Events
  • Mexican artist Yoshua Okón’s videos blur the lines between documentary, reality, and fiction. He collaborates closely with his actors (often amateurs who are also the subjects of the work) to create sociological examinations that ask viewers to contemplate uncomfortable situations and circumstances.
  • Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California.

  • Gallery 169 will be hosting the Otis College of Art and Design Communication Arts Graphic Design Junior Show, "5328," displaying a selection of work made over the five thousand twenty eight hours that make up the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Work will include collected posters, publications, and typographic projects.
  • Clay, Body is a solo exhibition from artist Sydney Aubert: Unapologetically fat, crass, and sexual, a ceramics artist who also works in video, and whatever other materials arouse her in the moment. Exhibition will be on view from Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28 at the Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. On view by appointment only, please contact the artist at sydney.aubert@gmail.com Reception: Thursday, April 27 | 6pm-9pm Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design

  • Audrey Wollen is a feminist theorist and visual artist based in Los Angeles. Wollen uses social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, as platforms for her work on Sad Girl Theory, a theory which posits that internalized female sadness can be used as a radical and political action, separate from masculinized forms of protests such as anger and violence. She introduces this form of protest as an alternative to masculinized anger and violence.
  • Bring family and friends to reconnect with fellow alumni at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10) following Brewery ArtWalk, an open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists.

    Parking is located inside the Brewery campus.  

    Visit www.breweryartwalk.com for directions and other information. 

  • Otis Radio: Our Story`

    May 01| Special Event
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    Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.

     

    This week from 4:00 - 5:00 pm is Our Story. Join DJ Wormlord (Maggie Gilbert), DJ Ace (Grace Kanchana), and DJ Mango (Stacy Li) as we have real talk in real time. Don't miss out!

     

    Listen online at KLMU.

    All shows will be simulcast on 96.1FM in the Otis Commons and archived on otisradio.tumblr.com

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In Conversation with Author and Alumnus Victor Yates

Jun 16, 2016
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Graduate Writing alumnus Victor Yates' ('14 MFA) debut novel, A Love Like Blood recently received the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. An author and educator, here Yates describes how he first got into writing and some of the challenges along the way.  

 

Can you give us a brief introduction of yourself and your work? 

I enrolled in the Writing Program at Otis College to become a professional writer. And, now I consider myself to be a professional writer. Since graduating from the program, I published my thesis project, a novel titled, A Love Like Blood which was awarded the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. I freelance write for three local publications and I have taught various workshops including creative writing, spoken word, and writing for film. I am most proud of a one-day workshop that I taught at USC for LGBT youth and a one week workshop I taught in Malibu for youth affected by or infected with HIV.

 

When did you first discover your love of writing? 

I discovered my love of writing at 14. I read a poem by Maya Angelou called The Black Family Pledge. Soon after, I started writing poetry, but later moved to newspaper writing and then creative writing.

 

Publishing a book is a huge goal for many writers and quite an undertaking. How did this come about, and what was the process like for you?

I worked at a library in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a while. Shortly after working there, I started working for a newspaper and then two more newspapers hired me. I did not major in English or Writing in undergrad,  I just read voraciously for the library job and the newspaper jobs. One day, the opening scene for a book came to me - no middle or ending. So my entire approach was different for starting the project and writing the book was challenging. However, thanks to the writing program, I am better prepared and my hope is that the second book project will be easier.

 

What advice, if any, do you have for young writers?

Read, read, and read. Write, write, and write. Edit, edit, edit, edit, and edit. Then edit more.

 

What are you currently reading?

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende.

 

How has being a part of the Otis community contributed to your practice? 

I am originally from Florida, but when I moved from Michigan back home, I could not get a writing job. A good friend lived in L.A. and I knew L.A. had a larger writing market, so I started researching writing programs. Otis’ program was a perfect match for me. I loved the curriculum, the writing workshop, and what the instructors were doing. I owe my writing career to the program, specifically the writing instructors, through them I was able to read in the ALOUD Reading Series through Central Library in downtown L.A. It is one of the most prestigious reading series in the country. I have received multiple writing workshop jobs because of Otis. Most importantly, I was able to develop my writing style. I like incorporating strange and unusual images into my writing along with sound and breath. Now, I understand the importance of community, writing workshops, and how to be part of a community. Currently, I work full-time at a trade school in Long Beach, but my  goal is to teach English Comp or Creative Writing at a community college. Because of the program, I feel prepared to do so.

 

Victor Yates is a graduate of the Graduate Creative Writing program at Otis College. His work has appeared in Windy City Times, Edge, and he is the winner of the Elma Stuckey Writing Award (1st place in poetry). Two of his poems were included in the anthology, “For Colored Boys,” which was edited by Keith Boykin. The anthology won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award. A Love Like Blood is the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction and is available on Amazon. Keep up with the writings of Victor Yates by following his blog.

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