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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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Seismicity Editions

Otis Books | Seismicity Editions is a publication project of the Graduate Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design. Given the crisis in U.S. publishing and the difficulties facing new and innovative writing seeking to find its way into print, Otis’ Graduate Writing program established this literary press in 2003 as an alternative to both corporate and small press publications. We are committed to publishing innovative works of contemporary fiction, poetry, essays, creative non-fiction and translation in high quality, trade paperback editions.

Production and editorial work on all of our titles is carried out by our MFA students in the context of a “publishing praxis” class under our direct supervision. Students are involved in all aspects of the press’ activities, from the selection of manuscripts and reading of proofs, to communication with writers and printers and the shipping of books to our distributor. Drawing on skills they have acquired in the class, some have gone on to found small presses of their own or have taken jobs in publishing.

—  Guy Bennett and Paul Vangelisti, editors

Our catalog can be found on the Catalog Page of this web site.

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