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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.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • 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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Creative Action

 

This signature program offers project-based courses that match multidisciplinary teams of students with local and international community partners. Creative Action courses will introduce you to pressing environmental and social issues through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Through research, leadership, and collaboration, you will focus your creativity on real-world problems. These skills are essential to your career as an artist or designer.

 

Recent Community Partners

African American Museum

Breathe LA

City of El Segundo

CSPG (Center for the Study of Political Graphics

Custom Hotel

Da Vinci Design School

FilmAid International

Global Green International

Hape Toys

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Homeboys Industries

KXLU

LA Cultural Affairs Department

La Tijera Elementary (Installing outcomes)

LAX Airport

Loyola Village Elementary

Loyola/LA planning group and Bill Rosendahl’s office

Museum of Tolerance

Otis Alumni Relation Office

Richard Riordan Center Library

Santa Monica Aquarium

Solano Community Garden

Surfrider Foundation: Rise Above Plastics

The Republic of Palau

Urban Compass

Westchester Senior Center

Westside Leadership Magnet School

 

 


Through collaborative projects, students learn to:

  • Use trans-disciplinary problem-solving skills, working as a team to conceptualize, analyze and define issues and solutions
  • Negotiate diverse public spheres
  • Plan and propose creative solutions for a specific context, informed by engagement with a community group, and when possible, implement projects
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams

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