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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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Otis Float at the 4th of July Westchester Parade

For the second time, Otis’ Creative Action class “Whose Puppet? Multiculturalism, Puppetry, and The Parade” is designing, fabricating, and presenting a float to the Westchester Fourth of July Parade on Saturday, July 4, 2015. 

Otis at the 2014 AICAD Symposium

Distinguished Otis faculty and staff participated in the 2014 Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Symposium, "New Paradigms 2.0: Art and Design as Collaborative Action," held at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. 
 
Interim President Kerry Walk, Acting Provost Randy Lavender, and Special Projects Coordinator Meg Linton attended, along with faculty and staff members who gave presentations as part of the symposium program.

Otis Celebration of Military Veterans in the Arts

Last night, Otis College of Art and Design and the Otis Veteran’s Association, in conjunction with Craft in America, presented an evening honoring America’s servicemen and women. 
 
Held on campus, the event began with a live demonstration sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Art Options Foundation as part of its Face to Face visual art project, which involves the sculpting of 100 life-sized busts of men and women veterans as an act of remembrance and historical record. 
 

Creative Action Liberal Arts Elective

Creative Action Liberal Arts electives enable students to work in trans-disciplinary teams with a community partner. Emphasizing collaborative methodology, synthesizing diverse perspectives, creativity, critical thinking, clear communication and information literacy, students engage in issues that extend beyond the traditional classroom. See department for course offerings.

Creative Action 4th of July Parade

Creative Action participates in the 2014 Westchester 4th of July Parade. All the floats were handmade using sustainable materials. This is Otis' first entry into the annual parade.

 

Leafy Treehouse Canopy

Creative Action students created this "how to" project in partnership with Amag, an online magazine published in Barcelona for children all over the world. Otis students will travel to Barcelona to work with children at Ecola De la Concepcio, an urban preschool/elementary school.

Creative Action: Political Graphics Archive

political-posterStudents in Creative Action: Integrated Learning worked with Carol A. Wells, Executive Director and Founder of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) in Los Angeles, to produce a video that documents the CSPG’s extensive collection of political posters. Faculty member Kerri Steinberg taught this class, in which students learned about protest movements and visual expression.

Save Our Seabirds

Working with Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics program, Creative Action students designed an installation on the plight of the seabird at Mittel's Art Supplies on Lincoln Boulevard near the beach. Save Our Seabird was part of a campaign against the single-use plastics that are polluting our oceans and killing birds.

 

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