Events
  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Image: Electronic Sound Bath
     

  • L: Nora Jane Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

    Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is an exhibition and bilingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the Americas. Talking to Action is part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.
     

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

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Graduate Writing

Marisa Silver's Thoughtful Fable 'Little Nothing'

A New York Times Editor’s Choice after its release in early September, Little Nothing, the latest offering from Marisa Silver, senior lecturer in the Graduate Writing program, has been garnering national attention and praise.

Otis Graduate Writing is Major Sponsor at AWP2016

Otis Graduate Writing is Major Sponsor at AWP2016
Los Angeles, March 30-April 2, 2016

 

Alumna Jessica M. Wilson

Alumna Jessica M. Wilson (’07 MFA Writing) is a writer, poet, and founder of the Los Angeles Poet Society, an organization that bridges the arts with local communities. Her new book, Serious Longing, is the first English language book of poetry for Swan World, an imprint of Editions du Cygne in Paris, France.

WRIT790 Thesis

A sample of a book-length, publishable project of prose or poetry supervised by the department chair and faculty. The work (100 pgs. of prose, 40 pgs. of poetry) will be submitted to a faculty committee for final approval.

WRIT710 Tutorial: The Writing Life II

Each graduate student will be paired with a Graduate Writing faculty member who is a practitioner in the student’s area of greatest interest. The student and Faculty member will meet one-on-one four to five times during the semester to review student work and discuss related directed reading, and for counseling in the practice of writing, which may include everything from manuscript submission and querying agents to a broader discussion of how the student will be able to sustain an active post-degree writing life. This course may be repeated for credit.

WRIT789 Visiting Writers Series

A series of talks, 7- 8 per semester, featuring visiting poets, fiction writers and essayists from the U.S. and abroad who read and discuss their own work and aspects of contemporary literary culture. A question and answer period follows each talk.

This course may be repeated for credit.

WRIT750 Literary Seminar

These in-depth seminars focus on particular issues or currents in contemporary fiction and poetry, with topics selected from various international literary traditions (e.g., “Poetry’s Public” or “The Ethics of Fiction”) or monographic courses on such figures as Gertrude Stein, William Faulkner, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, or Eudora Welty. This course may be repeated for credit.

WRIT610 Tutorial: The Writing Life I

Each graduate student will be paired with a Graduate Writing faculty member who is a practitioner in the student’s area of greatest interest. The student and Faculty member will meet one-on-one four to five times during the semester to review student work and discuss related directed reading, and for counseling in the practice of writing, which may include everything from manuscript submission and querying agents to a broader discussion of how the student will be able to sustain an active post-degree writing life. This course may be repeated for credit.

WRIT730 Writing Colloquium

A team-taught multi-genre reading seminar developed through a series of Faculty-student conversations in the previous semester that will focus on a literary and-or cultural topic or topics of common interest. While the Faculty will ultimately determine the reading list, the students will help give shape to the course. This course may be repeated for credit.

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