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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.

Roxane Gay: On Ambition and Keeping Your Day Job

Dozens of writers, artists, and Angelenos crowded into The Forum at Otis College of Art and Design to hear Roxane Gay, celebrated writer of both fiction and non-fiction, give a lecture that would kick off the Anaphora Writing Residency at Otis College.

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Thomas published the first issue of their broadside, every other, in February 2018, with an original and previously unpublished poem entitled “Icarus” by Nick Flynn.

Virtual Info Session: MFA Programs at Otis College

Join this virtual session to learn more about our graduate programs in Fine Arts, Art + Social Practice, Graphic Design and Writing, hear from department Chairs, and get your questions answered in this live Q&A.

Visiting Writers Series: Amelia Gray

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. 


  • Architect Geeta Mehta
    Geeta Mehta, Otis College’s 2019-2020 Donghia Designer-in-Residence, on the Social Purpose of Architecture and Urban Design
    March 11
  • 10 Questions for Marie Lum—Cartoon Network Storyboard Artist, Otis Alum, and Digital Media Speaker
    October 24
  • J. Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler of Höweler + Yoon Architecture
    Höweler + Yoon to Present 2018 Scanlon Lecture on February 21
    February 16

MFA Open Studios

Join us for the 2017 MFA Open Studios on Sunday, April 9th from 2-5pm, representing work by the Graduate Fine Arts, Graduate Public Practice, Graduate Graphic Design, and Graduate Writing departments at the Otis College Graduate Studios in Culver City. The 2017 MFA Open Studios are free and open to the public, refreshments will be provided, and free parking is available behind the studios.

Otis College Hosts Event in First Annual Lambda Litfest Los Angeles

As part of the first annual Lambda LitFest Los Angeles, Otis College of Art and Design's MFA Writing program will host author Paul Lisicky for the Visiting Writers Series on March 8, 2017.

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.

In Conversation with Author and Alumnus Victor Yates

Graduate Writing alumnus Victor Yates' ('14 MFA) debut novel, A Love Like Blood recently received the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. An author and educator, here Yates describes how he first got into writing and some of the challenges along the way.  

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Alumnus Victor Yates Wins Lambda Award for Debut LGBT Fiction

Graduate Writing alumnus Victor Yates' ('14 MFA) debut novel has received the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. The Lambda Literary Awards identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world, a full list of winners may be found