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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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The Art of Getting There

Video games. Fine art. Two mediums usually considered worlds apart.

Enter Journey . A first person, online adventure that bridges the gap. A game that doesn’t hinge on shoot ‘em up or brute violence tactics. Instead, it is an interactive parable. A quest not only to reach a destination, but also to discover who you are as well as your place and purpose.

The visual world of Journey came from Otis Digital Media alumnus Matt Nava. Nava decided to move away from the hyperrealism prevalent in gaming today. Instead, he built a world of creativity and imagination—where imagery became the narrative and aesthetics the emotion.

The game has landed on almost every “best of” gaming list imaginable. It became the fastest-selling game on PlayStation Network in North America and even won a Grammy nomination—a first for video games. The game was a hit, but beyond the commercial and critical reception, it is clearly ammunition in the battle to establish games as legitimate art.

At Otis, the lines between disciplines are blurred—your studies in fine arts and digital media can become one stunning experience—allowing you not only to compete in the cultural landscape, but also to shape it.

Learn more about Digital Media at Otis