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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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Blaine Fontana

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Having grown up on an island in the Seattle area, BlaineFontana” Hogg (’02, Communication Arts) made his way through Otis and received top honors with the “Best in Show” award.

While still in school, he worked as an art director at a cutting edge design firm (Abound LLC.) and also at a fashion/lifestyle magazine (Metro.Pop); he has since worked as an Art Director for a young men’s apparel company (Drifter). In January of 2003 he opted for self-employment as a fine artist and designer. “I wanted to put my own voice and vision out there,” says Fontana, “so I left the company and starting working on my own projects. I haven’t looked back.”

Fontana’s work is featured in a monograph that samples his work from 2002-2006. Drawing on elements and experiences as diverse as Asian calligraphy, found objects, and the vibrant color palette of graffiti, Fontana integrates the urban and the natural worlds. His particular vision invokes religious myths, worldly folklore and contemporary social observations that result in work that harmoniously integrates the organic and inorganic, the physical and metaphysical, order and chaos.

Fontana’s freelance lifestyle affords him some extra time to commit to RTEA (Reaching To Embrace Arts), an L.A. organization that raises money to buy supplies and fund art programs for seven inner-city elementary schools. Fontana has worked as an art director/curator and web master. “I became aware of the tremendous under-funding of art programs in our public schools,” says Fontana. “RTEA is helping the next generation get the encouragement they need. Art opens a young person’s mind to the things that are beautiful in this world. Art programs help round out a person’s life experience. My life has been better because of art, and I want to share this opportunity with others.”


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