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Otis MFA Writing Grad Scores Book Deal with Putnam

Halley Sutton (MFA Writing ’17) was about two-thirds of the way through her manuscript when she hit a wall, unable to figure out how to tie together all the threads of her “modern feminist noir.” So she got a giant piece of poster board, covered it with differently colored Post-it notes representing her various plotlines, and lugged it to the office of Peter Gadol, her thesis advisor at the time, and Otis College of Art and Design’s MFA Writing program chair. “I was like, ‘Peter, I don’t know what to do! Help me!’” Sutton says with a laugh.

An Education in Book Publishing

Walk into the large, open room that houses Otis Books, the literary imprint of Otis College of Art and Design on any given day and you’ll see people working diligently in InDesign, typesetting and creating layouts. Others might be reading through submitted manuscripts, or proofing pages of forthcoming titles. Someone else is busy corresponding with a distributor or an author. All of the normal activities that make a small press run.

Submit Your Manuscripts to Otis Books in November!

Otis Books is accepting unsolicited manuscripts during the month of November. The press publishes works of contemporary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, with a special interest in translations and writings from and about Los Angeles. There is no reading fee and both established and unpublished writers are welcome to submit.

Otis Books Publishes Newly Collected Poetry, Interview by Renowned Moroccan Poet

Otis Books is proud to announce the publication of For an Ineffable Metrics of the Desert, a bilingual edition of the selected poems of the writer Mostafa Nissabouri. The collection was translated from French by Otis College of Art and Design professor Guy Bennett, Pierre Joris, Addie Leak, and Teresa Villa-Ignacio. The book, which was developed, designed, and published by Otis Books and Otis College of Art and Design MFA Writing students, is the first time this particular collection of Nissabouri’s poems have been published together in English.

Otis Alumni and Faculty Create Publishing Project to Highlight Underrepresented Voices

Becoming a good literary citizen in the world can take all different paths. For two recent Otis College of Art and Design graduates, that path meant partnering with a faculty mentor to create a broadside publication that will publish poetry every other month. Otis College of Art and Design MFA Writing faculty member Guy Bennett and MFA Writing alumni Krystle Statler and Kevin Thomas published the first issue of their broadside, every other, in February 2018, with an original and previously unpublished poem entitled “Icarus” by Nick Flynn.

November is Open Reading Period at Otis Books

Otis Books is accepting unsolicited manuscripts during the month of November 2017. The press publishes works of contemporary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, with a special interest in translations and writings from and about Los Angeles.

Victor Yates ('14 MFA Writing) Receives Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers

Victor Yates ('14 MFA Writing) has been awarded the 2017 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. Last year, his novel A Love Like Blood won the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. "He is a necessary voice and advocate for the voiceless and underrepresented in the LGBTQ community," said the judges.

February is Open Reading Period at Otis Books

Otis Books publishes books of contemporary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, with a special interest in translations and writings from and about Los Angeles. To date Otis Books has published over 40 titles, most recently Beginnings by Alan Loney, The Wilderness After Which by L.S. Klatt, and Caesura: Essays by Gary McDowell.

Otis Graduate Portfolio Review Day

Graduate Portfolio Review Day

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 / 1-4 PM at OTIS MAIN CAMPUS / LOS ANGELES, CA

Join us to meet with graduate faculty, get feedback on your portfolio, and more information on the program.

Graduate faculty from all programs will be on hand to chat, review portfolios and give feedback for: Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice and Writing

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  • Stack of published works by Otis Books
    An Education in Book Publishing
    March 20
  • Submit Your Manuscripts to Otis Books in November!
    November 1
  • Cover of For an Ineffable Metrics of the Desert, white title text against a black background
    Otis Books Publishes Newly Collected Poetry, Interview by Renowned Moroccan Poet
    July 20