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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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Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Alumnus Robert Apodaca

Dec 16, 2013
Fifth Floor Gallery, Chinatown
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Robert Apodaca (’03 Architecture/Landscape/Interiors), Owner of FIfth Floor Gallery
Opened in January of 2008, Fifth Floor is a hybrid art/design gallery in the heart of L.A.’s Chinatown. Owner Robert Apodaca’s background in architecture created a space that delights in mixing contemporary art and design. Work by varying artists, designers, and architects rotate through the exhibition areas every month to two months; all the while, a steady base of unique accessories, jewelry, furniture and design objects remain on display.  Many of these hand-made objects are available exclusively at Fifth Floor.

 The Gallery shows a wide range of work from painting and mixed media to furniture and even architectural exhibits.

Inspired by the creative possibilities within the intersections of art, design, and architecture, I wanted to create a space that reflected those ideas. We are interested in exploring the realms of both art and design and their multiple intersections. Often leaning heavily on tectonic and/or spatial notions, we believe that concept and craft should not be mutually exclusive. While not every exhibition is conceptually driven, they often explore socially relevant topics such as sustainable design and community issues.
Otis instilled in me the confidence that I could tackle any kind of design challenge that I was offered.

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