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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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SEM: 42


The Art of Kite Building with Tom Van Sant


Kites have traditionally been thought of as toys; a light frame usually of wood, covered with paper or cloth, to be flown in the wind at the end of a string. Join renowned artist, sculptor, and kite-builder, Tom Van Sant for this hands-on kite design and construction workshop. In this course, students construct, under guidance from the instructor, a large (6 foot), durable, collapsible, easily flyable, life-lasting kite of their own creative design. Course covers basic aerodynamics, global and local wind flows and weather, management of events, use of dissimilar materials, banners, flags, inflatables, puppetry, caricatures, life drawing, castle making, and body painting on children and adults. Course culminates in the first Otis Kite Festival to be held at the beach, featuring the students’ kites, inflatables, flags, banners, and some of Tom’s kites, for the benefit and pleasure of the Otis student body, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends…and of course their children and grandchildren. Class members assist with festival management in their interest area. Course also reviews “life lessons” essential to relations with the public and to their successful representation of themselves and Otis College: courtesy, honesty, patience, positive attitude, good humor, and safety. Class meets on campus with field trips to the Tom Van Sant studio in the Santa Monica Canyon.

Prerequisite: None

First class materials: Note-taking materials; $50 materials fee payable to the instructor for structural elements.


There are no sections for this course for this semester.
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Meetings: 10
Credit Hours: 1
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