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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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Amy McFarland

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Amy McFarland (‘85, Communication Arts) is the senior designer and acting head of the graphic design department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

As McFarland says in her profile from “Fifty People to Watch” [Graphic Design USA, 2002], “the graphic treatment of each exhibition needs to complement what's inside the gallery, not compete. I like to look at each project as if its subject matter had never been seen before by the public. Part of the design process for me is to pinpoint the essential emotions and thoughts prompted by the subject matter and reinterpret these through typography. My ultimate audience is the public, and I am always amazed that people do look at the graphic materials and do have reactions to them.”

McFarland has designed many books as well as graphics for more than 100 exhibitions, featuring such Jasper Johns, Gustav Klimt and Picasso. She received the George Wittenborn award for best art book of 2000 (Ghost in the Shell: Photography and the Human Soul, 1850-2000), and the American Federation of Arts best exhibition graphics award for “When Art Became Fashion: Kosode in Edo-Period Japan.”