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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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Nekeya Billingslea: 2007 TLC Technology Grant Report


Excerpt:

Instructor's Journal for the OtisStar Blog

Before:

The first thing I did for this project was familiarize myself with Blogger. Although I had visited blog sites and considered myself relatively knowledgeable of the technology, I felt I needed a little more information to actually create one. So, at the suggestion of Kathlen Forrest, I signed up for the Lynda.com tutorial. It was great. What it helped me do was plan and organize the blog site while trouble-shooting at the same time. Also, I continued to visit blog sites to get ideas for what I could possibly do. I especially decided to focus on sites created by artists and sites for artists.

I already had an idea of the kinds of prompts and discussions I wanted us to have. One early morning, at 3 a.m., I woke up and all of the questions I wanted to ask the class came to me. Actually, that was the most stressful part of this project. In my opionion, it doesn't matter how fancy or visually attractive a site is; if it doesn't have meaningful content, especially for a class, then it still doesn't mean much.

Week 1:

Creating the site was a virtual breeze (pun intended.) Everything is up and running. I put images up and it is looking quite neat. After I posted the first prompt, their responses trickled and surprised me pleasantly. This thing began to take on a life of its own. In the layout of the site, I didn't have a prompt section. The prompt was embedded in my initial post. So, after a few responese, the prompt was lost. What happened is that students began posting responses to each other's posts. The prompt was entirely lost. For a few seconds I was irritiated --- I think more at myself that at the students or the unexpected turn of events. Why didn't I foresee that? Then I began to really appreciate the life that the discussion took on of its own accord. It reminded me that I am only a faciliatator and catalyst of sorts. I was pleased to discover that my role is secondary and that this site is all about the students' discussion and exploration of ideas.

--Nekeya Billingslea
Liberal Arts and Sciences

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