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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

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Graduate Writing

 

Graduate Writing offers a multidisciplinary curriculum, drawing from the diverse cultures of Los Angeles. Writing is considered in relation to contemporary world literatures, with an emphasis on translation and the book arts.


NEW FOR 2014

Announcing our new part-time option at reduced tuition. A full-residence course of study that provides the MFA in Creative Writing in three years, and additional study with our nationally renowned faculty. See the Courses and Curricula.


ABOUT GRADUATE WRITING

Founded in 2000, the Graduate Writing Program at Otis offers a Master of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in prose, poetry, and literary translation. Workshops and literary seminars culminate in the completion of a creative thesis, while two-year paid practicums in teaching or publishing prepare students for life after graduate school in fields that complement a lasting writing practice. The small size and selective nature of the program ensure an exemplary student/faculty ratio and allow us to provide funding to all full-time students.

As the only full-residency MFA writing program in the city of Los Angeles, Otis makes the most of our location in a dynamic, complex city that has inspired writers ranging from Thomas Pynchon to Joan Didion, Octavia Butler to Raymond Chandler. The program is enriched by the eclectic literary resources of L.A. — its book festivals, reading series, galleries and museums, small presses, legendary writers’ haunts, and independent bookstores.

Our own biweekly literary events bring in writers, translators, and editors from around the world to meet and talk with students, sharing their work and expertise. The other graduate and undergraduate programs at Otis—including those in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, Digital Media, Illustration, and Book Arts—offer the possibility for interdisciplinary projects and artistic collaboration.

Though the program is full-residency, students have the option of enrolling on a full-time or part-time basis. Upon acceptance, full-time students receive a guarantee of two years’ partial fellowship support to assist with the overall tuition, as well as employment through the teaching and publishing practicums. In addition, all students in their final semester of study are eligible to apply for the First Book Fellowship, a $10,000 grant that enables them, following completion of the degree, to focus on developing and revising their thesis manuscript for publication.

In 2013, Otis announced the expansion of the translation track in our MFA program. Students who choose to concentrate in this track will produce a translation of literary prose or poetry as their thesis project. We developed this concentration in response to a growing need for access to world literary traditions. Otis is uniquely positioned to offer a translation emphasis: our faculty’s achievement in the field, our curricular focus on international writing, and our publishing commitment to works in translation, all make Otis the ideal place for students who wish to explore this emerging and vital discipline.

 

Publications

See our Publications Page for information about Graduate Writing OR Logo and Seismicity Editions. 

Otis Graduate Viewbook 2013-14

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