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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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Paul Landacre

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Landacre ('27) has carved out a hallowed space among preeminent printmakers of the 20th century. His prints and early linocuts can be found in more than 150 active public collections nationwide, and in numerous books on American printmaking and wood engraving. His wood engravings have been included in numerous exhibitions, including the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. The Silver Lake house he shared with his wife of 38 years is now designated as an Historic Building.

The land and sea of the American West, including the hills and mountains of Big Sur, Palm Springs, Monterey, and Berkeley. provided a fundamental inspiration for many of Landacre's linoleum cuts and wood engravings. His unique style included meticulously carved fine lines, delicate cross hatching, and flecking – all in white, that sharply contrast with richly blackened areas.

Landacre also taught wood engraving at USC, and Otis, and held memberships in the California Society of Etchers, California Print Makers Society, American Society of Wood Engravers, and the American Society of Etchers, Gravers, Lithographers and Woodcutters.

Landacre’s personal story is noteworthy. A promising track and field athlete at Ohio State University, Landacre was stricken with a streptococcus infection that rendered his upper body permanently and physically weakened. After graduation, he moved to the healthier climate of San Diego where he worked as a draftsman. To advance his drawing skills, Landacre relocated in 1923 to study at Otis, where he met Margaret McCreery, an advertising copywriter, and by 1925 they were married.

Feeling the call of printmaking, and eager to transition into fine art, Landacre taught himself the demanding art of carving linoleum blocks and, eventually, woodblocks for both wood engravings and woodcuts. He met and impressed Jake Zeitlin, who ran a bookshop that included a small gallery space; here Landacre had his first significant solo exhibition.