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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.

  • 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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Timothy Tompkins

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Tompkins is a native of Long Beach who received his BFA from Otis in 2003 (Painting) and currently works in Los Alamitos, California.

He typically explores the mundane, often altering digital photographs through a series of processes. Tomkins’ 2007 series at the Susanne Vielmetter Gallery depicted contemporary surplus seasonal merchandise (including tags) carefully arranged, photographed and then painted.

“An important element in Tompkins’ practice,” says Vielmetter, “is his interest in historical precedents set by other painters. [In his ‘Left Over’ series], “he playfully merges references to the still life paintings of Chardin with the experiences of consumerism.”

Regarding his featured works in LA Louver’s “Rogue Wave” series, the Los Angeles Times noted that Tomkins’ work “draw[s] from familiar, politically oriented images in the news meticulously laid down in enamel on aluminum.”

Tompkins has exhibited his works at Studio la Citta, Verona, Italy; La Nuova Pesa, Centro per L’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy; and in exhibitions at ACME and the Creative Artist Agency in Los Angeles; DCKT Contemporary and White Columns in New York; and through the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. His work was also shown in the group exhibition "New American Talent: The Eighteenth Exhibition" which traveled to the Arthouse at the Jones Center for Contemporary Art (Austin, TX), The Arlington Art Museum (Arlington, TX), and other institutions.