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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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Creative Economy

Senator Ben Allen Visits Otis to Discuss the Creative Economy

California State Senator Ben Allen met with President Bruce W. Ferguson to discuss the Otis Report on the Creative Economy and its future role in the economic development of the state. During his visit he joined the excitement about Otis’ campus expansion project, setting his hands in the foundation for the new residence hall and academic wing.
 

The Otis Report on the Creative Economy in Zócalo Public Square

How L.A. Can Keep Its Creative Hive Buzzing

By Paul Bisceglio
 
Los Angeles isn’t fantasizing when it calls itself America’s creative capital–the numbers back it up. Economist Kimberly Ritter-Martinez rattled them off at a panel sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to discuss the business of creativity: 355,000 jobs are directly tied to the city’s creative industries, and 620,000 jobs are related in some way. More than 10 percent of Los Angeles county’s GDP comes from these careers.
 

LA Weekly Dives into the Otis Report on the Creative Economy

Entertainment Leads a Creative Economy Worth $293.8 Billion to California

By Dennis Romero
 
We criticize Hollywood a lot. It's a white bubble of an industry in a city that is majority brown. And its moguls and creatives are helping to push our cost of living, including sky-high rents and home prices, through the roof.
 
But the entertainment industry does bring dollars to our community. That's a fact.
 

Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California Maps Economic Impact on State, Asserts Importance of Talent Pipeline and Arts Education

Sacramento, CA - April 15, 2015 - The results of the 2014 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California (Otis Report) were unveiled today in a state Capitol hearing before the Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts in Sacramento. The Otis Report asserts California’s competitive advantage in the creative sector and underscores the need to bolster the talent pipeline through support for the arts and arts education.

KCET Artbound Explores the Art Ecosystem Based on the Otis Report

Southern California's Interconnected Art Ecosystem

By Marissa Gluck
 

The Hollywood Reporter Premieres Exclusive Clip from "The State of Creativity"

KCET and Otis College of Art and Design Partner for 'Artbound' Episode (Exclusive Video)

By Mia Galuppo
The educational, independent television station KCETLink and the Otis College of Art and Design have come together to produce a multimedia special called State of Creativity that is meant to explore the creative capital of Southern California.
 

Born in L.A.

Implantable collamer eye lenses
Epogen/neuprogen (biotech blockbuster drugs)
“Dancing” fountains
Celebrity PR
The electric guitar
The multi-channel recording process
Arc welding of natural gas pipelines
The skateboard (Venice)
The Cobb salad
The "Shirley Temple" non-alcoholic cocktail
The Hula Hoop
The strapless bra
Shoulder pads (Adrian for Joan Crawford)
Rhinestone and spangled western wear
Nudies
Bare midriffs
Neoprene as sportswear (evolved into surf wear)

Otis Report on the Creative Economy

Since its inception in 2007, Otis College of Art and Design’s Annual Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region has been an invaluable tool to assess the tremendous impact and influence of the area’s creative sector on the economy. This year, the California Arts Council awarded Otis funds to expand the report to include analysis of the entire state of California, showing how the state’s economy is effected by jobs in the arts, design, education, entertainment, nonprofits, and independent creative professions, and providing a forecast for 2016.