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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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Ysamur Flores-Pena: 2007-08 Faculty Development Grant Report


Excerpt:

In the Summer of 2008 thanks to a Faculty Development Grant from Otis College of Art and Design, I was able to begin research on the African roots of Mexican culture. My working hypothesis was very straight forward: since the African culture in Mexico has been ignored by the "official" culture (with some notable exceptions), my research will focus on the folk traces that could be found between the two major colonial ports of the Viceroyalty of the New Spain: Acapulco on the west and Veracruz in the east. Since slave labor was likely to be used to move cargo, these two ports and the cities along the route that united them must contain examples of African retentions, continuities, and transformations. This is a report on the first part of this journey of discovery.

--Ysamur Flores-Peña
Liberal Arts and Sciences

Read Full Report: Mexican Silk Route [e-portfolio]