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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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Inez Bush & Jerri Allyn

Inez S. Bush, MA in Education, Leadership and Change, Antioch University, Los Angeles; BFA in Graphic Design from Purchase College, State University of New York. Ms. Bush is the Associate Director of Pre-College Programs and Professional Development for Teachers at Otis. She was previously responsible for district arts education in the Culver City Unified School District, and before that was co-founder and CEO of Gramercy Partners, Inc., a marketing communications firm. In addition to her role at Otis, Ms. Bush is a trained strategic planning facilitator and coach to non-profit organizations, businesses, education, and arts education institutions.

Jerri Allyn, MA in Feminist / Art and Community, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont; Co-Creator of Debating Through the Arts: Performance Art events with Inez S. Bush. Ms. Allyn is an artist, educator and scholar. A founding member of The Waitresses and Sisters of Survival, collaborative performance art groups, she has exhibited internationally and received a Rockefeller Foundation Residency in Italy, an International Lila Wallace Fellowship in Mexico, and National Endowment for the Arts grants, among others. Ms. Allyn is Director of Programs at Venice Arts, was Director of Education and Public Programs at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in NY, and founding Director of ACT: Artists, Community and Teaching at Otis College of Art and Design.

2015 Fall Session course(s) instructed by Inez Bush & Jerri Allyn:
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