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  • Sitting in Sound

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    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
     
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    L: Nora 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 for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

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MFA Writing Curriculum

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Show All First Year Course Descriptions
Fall - First Year (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Writing Workshop I WRIT602 4
Writing Workshop I

A two-year, team-taught, multi-genre workshop sequence in which students may submit manuscripts in any area of interest (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, etc.) for critique. This course may be repeated for credit.

Tutorial: The Writing Life I WRIT610 3
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.

Literary Seminar WRIT750 3
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.

Visiting Writers Series WRIT789 1
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.

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Spring - First Year (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Writing Workshop I WRIT602 4
Writing Workshop I

A two-year, team-taught, multi-genre workshop sequence in which students may submit manuscripts in any area of interest (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, etc.) for critique. This course may be repeated for credit.

Tutorial: The Writing Life I WRIT610 3
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.

Writing Colloquium WRIT730 3
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.

Visiting Writers Series WRIT789 1
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.

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Show All Second Year Course Descriptions
Fall - Second Year (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Writing Workshop II WRIT702 4
Writing Workshop II

A two-year, team-taught, multi-genre workshop sequence in which students may submit manuscripts in any area of interest (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, etc.) for critique. This course may be repeated for credit.

Tutorial: The Writing Life II WRIT710 3
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.

Literary Seminar WRIT750 3
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.

Visiting Writers Series WRIT789 1
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.

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Spring - Second Year (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Writing Workshop II WRIT702 4
Writing Workshop II

A two-year, team-taught, multi-genre workshop sequence in which students may submit manuscripts in any area of interest (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, etc.) for critique. This course may be repeated for credit.

Tutorial: The Writing Life II WRIT710 3
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.

Writing Colloquium WRIT730 3
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.

Visiting Writers Series WRIT789 1
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.

Thesis WRIT790 4
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.

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The curriculum displayed is meant to provide an overview of the current semester’s offerings in this department; it does not represent all degree requirements for the Major or Area of Emphasis. These can be found in each student’s Course Catalog (identified by the year in which one would have entered the college as a Foundation student), which can be found here. If you have questions regarding your specific curricular requirements and/or Course Catalog, please contact Academic Advisement Coordinator Carrie Malcom at cmalcom@otis.edu or (310) 846-2550.