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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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Alumna Starts Shibuya Designs

Satsuki Shibuya (’07 Communication Arts)
Shibuya Designs
 

Creative Agency Oli + Joe

Olivier Chatard (’07 Communication Arts)
Oli + Joe
 
As a multidisciplinary creative agency, we embed brands, products, spaces and multimedia with meaning and resonance. We create innovative concepts, generate relevant branding experiences, and produce interactive content.
 
Starting up

Greenaid: Guerilla Gardening in LA

Daniel Phillips (’08 Architecture/Landscape/Interiors)
Kim Karlsrud (’07 Product Design)

COMMONstudio

 

Alumni Start Custom Body Art Studio Fever Paint

Justine Serebrin (’07 Fine Arts)

Samitra Borhanpour (’07 Communication Arts)

 

Khoi Vinh Launches Mixel App

Khoi Vinh (’93, Communication Arts)
Lascaux
www.subtraction.com

Vinh co-founded the company Lascaux to address “the innate impulse that all humans have to express ourselves visually.” After working as the design director for the NYTimes.com from 2006 to 2010, he decided to follow his entrepreneurial itch, and raised $700,000 in start-up funding for Mixel, a free iPad app, which launched in November 2011.

Academic Excellence: Renee Rasmussen

INTERESTING THINGS YOU DID OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?
Road trips and surfing.

 

Hometown?
Independence, Iowa

 

Why Otis?
Right time at the right place. I have wanted to attend art school since I was young but was always told it wasn’t an option. When I moved out to L.A. and had some real life/work experience, I knew that art school (Otis) was the best option for my career path and for me as an artist.
 

Academic Excellence: Kirby Israelson

What's Next?
I’m sending out my manuscript and trying to sell my character design, so I’ve become somewhat of an entrepreneur, oddly enough. I’ve started a face painting business (with classmates!), a window painting business, and a design consulting business. I’m doing a lot of things, but it’s fun. Exciting.

 

Hometown?
I was raised in Beaumont, California, but I've been in L.A. for the past fifteen years.

 

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