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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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Soo Kim: 2009-10 Faculty Development Grant Report


Excerpt:

In Fall 2009, I received a Faculty Development Grant in support of an exhibition of photographic work and a video, made in collaboration with junior high and high school students from Marlborough School in Los Angeles.

The project starts with ideas of the "faraway" -- of landscapes remembered or imagined, of looking and seeing, fictional places, ideas of home, the panorama, remoteness and closeness -- as described in literature, film, visual art, music and other sources. Throughout the year, I've met with studens and worked with them to develop their writing and photographic work of their interpretation of the faraway.

I've worked with the students in generating photographs of landscapes that manifest their ideas of the faraway. We then cut into those photographs, a characteristic of my own work, to open up the narrative of the photographs to different possibilities and insert the extraordinary within the everyday. Lastly, I use the students' writing, their texts about the faraway, as the voiceover for a video that will accompany the exhibition.

The exhibition, scheduled for May-June 2010, will be msade up of landscape photographs made by the students, portraits of the students that I make, and a video piece.

--Soo Kim
FIne Arts

Read Interim Report [PDF]