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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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Pacific Garbage Patch Project

This thesis project (2009) reinforces the significance of design in our daily lives while addressing a much larger global, man-made issue, which has been called the “Pacific Garbage Patch.”
In this two-part thesis project, the designer first researched the physical composition and impact of a large floating island made of trash that circulates around the Pacific Ocean. This island is caused by our “throw away culture” that is unaware of the long-term life cycle of the material that is thrown away and the effects it has on our oceans and the earth’s ecosystem.

The second part of the project was to respond to this issue by providing a solution through design in the creation of a chair that uses 100% post consumer material, the same material that might end up in the “Pacific Garbage Patch.”

The thesis not only creates a greater awareness of the “Pacific Garbage Patch” issue but also provides an alternative solution through design to the problem of re-cycling and re-purposing what we dispose of in a more thoughtful and efficient way.

Antonia Martinez is a recent graduate in Product Design. She believes that, “By aligning our lives with natural processes, we can transition into a higher quality of life without sacrificing culture."

Design Strategy [PDF]