Otis College of Art & Design’s Graduate Writing Program

February 18 – Mohammed Dib’s L.A. Trip -- at the Mountain, 473 Gin Ling Way, Central Chinatown Plaza, Los Angeles (between Broadway & Hill), 7p.m.

A celebration of the great Alegerian novelist and poet’s just published “novel in verse,” L.A. Trip. Born in Tlemcen, Algeria in 1920, Dib moved to Paris in 1959, upon completion of his great fiction trilogy L’incidie. The author of some 30 novels, volumes of poetry, short stories and books for children, in 1994 he received the Francophone Grand Prix, the highest literary prize awarded by the Académie Française. Championed earlier in his career by writers such as Andre Maulraux, Albert Camus and Louis Aragon, Dib became a national treasure for the entire French speaking world. He died in May 2003. This event is co-sponsored by the Consul-General of France in Los Angeles. http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/obituary/0,12723,953121,00.html

February 25 – Antonio Riccardi – at the Mountain, Chinatown L.A., 7 p.m.

Born in Parma in 1962, Riccardi lives and works in Milan in the publishing business, where he is currently editor-in-chief at Mondadori. His books of poetry include Il profitto domestico (1996); Un amore di città (1999 & 2001); and the forthcoming Gli impianti del dovere e della guerra. He is also a contributing editor to the cultural journals Nuovi Argomenti and Letture. He is the editor of a volume of essays Per la Poesia tra Novecento e nuovo Millennio, as well as being responsible for editions of two Giordano Bruno classics, Candelaio and Cena delle Ceneri. Riccardi has lectured throughout Italy, the U.S., France and Denmark. http://www.alice.it/news/primo/riccardi_antonio.htm

March 7 – Frederic Tuten – at the Mountain, Chinatown, L.A., 7 p.m. Author of The Adventures of Mao on the Long March, published in 1971 to rave reviews and, although long out of print, has become a classic of experimental fiction. Other novels include Tallien: A Brief Romance, Tintin in the New World and Van Gogh's Bad Café and the most recent The Green Hour. For 15 years, Tuten directed the Graduate Program in Literature and Creative Writing at City College of New York, where he continues to give seminars. He has also written extensively on contemporary art for Artforum, Vogue and The New York Times, and has published several books on contemporary artists, including studies of Roy Lichtenstein and Eric Fischl. http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/arts/books/n_7802/

March 24 – James Sallis – at the Mountain, Chinatown, L.A., 7 p.m. Author of numerous novels, books of poetry, short stories, studies of jazz and blues, as well as an award-winning biography of Chester Himes. His Lew Griffin series of six rather unconventional crime novels set in New Orleans, published between 1992-2001, has won him praise here and abroad. His latest novel, Cypress Grove, also set in the South, appeared in 2003. He continues columns for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, literary website Web Del Sol, and the Boston Globe. A new novel, Stones in My Passway, and a collection of new stories, A City Equal to My Desire, are forthcoming. Sallis lives in Phoenix and is on the graduate writing faculty of Otis College of Art & Design. http://www.jamessallis.com/

April 7 – Sin puertas visibles: an Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women, edited & translated by Jen Hofer – at Otis College of Art & Design (Galef 209), 7:30 p.m.

A bilingual anthology that features emerging women poets whose work provides a taste of the adventurous new spirit infusing Mexican literature: Silvia Eugenia Castillero, Dolores Dorantes, Carla Faesler, Cristina Rivera-Garza, Dana Gelinas, Ana Belén Lopez, Mónica Nepote, María Rivera, Ofelia Pérez Sepúlveda, Laura Solórzano, Angélica Tornero. All eleven poets represented have had at least one book published in Mexico, yet none of their work has been translated into English until the appearance of this anthology. Jen Hofer, widely published poet and translator living in Los Angeles, will host the discussion with several of the authors from Sin puertas visibles. www.pitt.edu/~press

April 11 – Celebrating the New Review of Literature’s first year of publishing, with special guest Lawrence Weschler – at the Mountain, Chinatown, L.A., 6 p.m.

Join us Easter Sunday evening for a publication party celebrating the New Review of Literature’s inaugural year of exploration and provocation, with a talk by award-winning writer and critic, Lawrence Weschler. For over twenty years, from 1981-2002, until his recent retirement, Weschler was a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. His books of political reportage include The Passion of Poland (1984); A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers (1990); Calamities of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas (1998) and the forthcoming Vermeer in Bosnia. His “Passions and Wonders” series currently comprises Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin (1982); David Hockney’s Cameraworks (1984); Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder (1995); A Wanderer in the Perfect City: Selected Passion Pieces (1998) and Boggs: A Comedy of Values (1999) and most recently Robert Irwin: Getty Garden. (2002). He has taught, variously, at Princeton, Columbia, UCSC, Bard, Vassar, and Sarah Lawrence. Weschler is currently director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, where he has been a fellow since 1991. http://www.nyu.edu/nyutoday/archives/14/10/weschler.nyu

May 5 – Celebrating Robert Crosson’s The Day Sam Goldwyn Stepped Off the Train – at the Mountain, Chinatown, L.A., 7 p.m.

A publication party for the posthumous volume of selected poems by Robert Crosson, one of Los Angeles’ most important and best kept secrets. Crosson, an actor, housepainter and carpenter, who died in 2001, was one of the most original and provocative poets of the eighties and nineties, and this book marks the first major selection and reevaluation of his work. Faculty from Otis College’s Graduate Writing program will read his work.


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