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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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Heather Joseph-Witham: 2009-10 Faculty Development Grant Report


Excerpts:

I received a faculty development grant to aid me in my research activities during Fall 2009 and Winter 2010. I am in the process of researching various customs and methods people create and maintain in order to contact the dead. This research will culminate in a book-length manuscript. As all of my research is grounded in fieldwork, and particularly in the field method called ‘participant-observation’, I used the grant money for several trips in order to view and join those involved in different forms of afterlife contact.

I have used this research to present a scholarly paper, will use it for a manuscript and I will also incorporate all of it into my Integrated Learning course, ‘Modern Mysticism and the Afterlife’. I would like to thank Otis College for this wonderful grant. I recognize that some of the research topics I choose as a folklorist may seem rather extreme to many scholars but Otis provides a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere that enables its academics to pursue their academic passions and shine in their disparate areas of expertise. This creates an open and accommodating atmosphere both for instructors and also for students who are likewise inspired to explore aspects of the world they find most fascinating through their papers and artwork.

--Heather Joseph-Witham
Liberal Arts and Sciences

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