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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

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Academic Excellence - Chris Cherrie ’13

CHRIS CHERRIE ’13
COMMUNICATION ARTS: ADVERTISING DESIGN

Hometown?
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Why Otis?
I was attracted by the idea that I didn’t have to specify a major until junior year within the Communication Arts department. I felt that I could be in charge of my own education.

Your thesis project?
Developed as a solution to the problems articulated in my capstone thesis paper, “Fraternize” is a community of guys who like guys. They connect, learn, and explore manhood. This project encompasses a geosocial smartphone application and website to provide homosexual healthcare and lifestyle information. I am developing this project in partnership with VeryNice Design; we plan to have the first live site up soon. gofraternize.tumblr.com

Interesting things you did outside of school?
I had the joy of exploring L.A., and taking advantage of diverse cultural experiences. I can identify three events that were amazing— Coachella Music and Arts Festival, camping and hiking at Point Mugu State Park, and the Creative Arts
Emmys 2012.

Most influential class?
Capstone, as I continue to put my research to good use.

Most influential faculty member?
Erin Hauber was right; the lessons didn’t hit me until a year later. I hated learning them but through her lessons, I’ve become a confident producer and designer of content. Ana Llorente clarified what it means to be a great designer; it’s putting things in simple terms, something others can absorb. That’s the difficult part.

Favorite place in L.A.?
Home

Impact on your work/life?
For four years, Otis was my life. I think it would be impossible for anyone to attend Otis and do anything else because artists, designers, and writers are studying their passion.

What’s next?
Currently I am the Entrepreneur in Residence at VeryNice Design, where I am developing a socially innovative sexual health and lifestyle program for young guys who like guys. I work as a graphic designer and curatorial assistant at the Museum of Public Fiction. I plan to continue my multidisciplinary design practice in Toronto and Los Angeles.

Information/tips to share with future students?
Be open; you don’t know anything, so always ask questions.

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