OTIS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN’S GRADUATE WRITING PROGRAM
Spring 2005 Visiting Writers Series at the Mountain Bar in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, 473 Gin Ling Way, Central Chinatown Plaza (between Broadway &
All events are free of charge but seating is limited.
February 10 – Thursday, 8 p.m. -- Jennifer Moxley & Steve Evans. Jennifer Moxley is the author of Imagination Verses (Tender Buttons 1996; Salt 2003), The Sense Record and Other Poems (Edge 2002; Salt 2003) and Often Capital (Flood 2005). Her translation of the French poet Jacqueline Risset's 1976 book The Translation Begins was published by Burning Deck in 1996. Steve Evans teaches contemporary poetry, poetics, and critical theory at the University of Maine, where he also coordinates the New Writing Series and works for the National Poetry Foundation. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and journals and he tends a website at www.thirdfactory.net and serves as a contributing editor for The Poker. Evans will give a brief talk on directions in contemporary poetry and Moxley will read from her recent work.
February 17 – Thursday, 7 p.m. -- Aimee Bender
Aimee Bender is the author of two books of short fiction, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and An Invisible Sign of My Own, and a forthcoming collection from Doubleday which will be out Fall 2005. Her fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper's, The Paris Review, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and other journals, as well as heard on NPR's “This American Life.” She teaches at USC.
March 1 – Tuesday, 7 p.m. – Carol Treadwell & Ken McCullough Seismicity Editions, a project of Otis’ Graduate Writing program, celebrates the publication of its first two books of fiction: a first novel, Spots and Trouble Spots, by San Francisco Bay Area resident Carol Treadwell, and Left Hand, a collection of short fiction by Minnesota poet, essayist and biographer, Ken McCollough. The authors will read from their work and be on hand to sign copies of their books.
March 10 – Thursday, 7 p.m. -- Gary Lutz
Gary Lutz is the author of two short-story collections: Stories in the Worst Way (published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1996 and by 3rd bed in 2002) and I Looked Alive (Black Square Editions/Four Walls Eight Windows in 2003). Lutz ’s work has appeared in many literary journals, including Conjunctions,
Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Fence, NOON, StoryQuarterly, The Quarterly, Denver Quarterly, Dominion Review, Post Road, Cimarron Review, and Mid-American Review, as well as in three anthologies: The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, Fetish, and The Random House Treasury of Light Verse. He has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. He is the co-author of The Writer’s Digest Grammar Desk Reference, forthcoming in June 2005. He lives in western Pennsylvania.
March 30 – Wednesday, 7 p.m. -- Ann Cummins
Ann Cummins has published stories in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Antioch Review, and elsewhere; her fiction has been anthologized in a variety of series including The Best American Short Stories, The Prentice Hall Anthology of Women’s Literature, and The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. A 2002 recipient of a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, her short story collection, Red Ant House, was published by Houghton Mifflin (2003). Her first novel, Yellowcake, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin. She divides her time between Oakland and Flagstaff, where she teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University.
April 6 – Wednesday, 7 p.m. -- Wells Tower
Wells Tower is a recipient of the Paris Review Discovery Prize, a Pushcart Prize and a Henfield Foundation award. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, the Oxford American, Fence, The Believer, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and the Washington Post Magazine, where he is a frequent contributor. He lives in North Carolina, and is at work on a novel.
April 26—Tuesday, 8 p.m. – Contemporary Poetry from Quebec Celebrating the publication of a "micro anthology" of contemporary Quebecois poetry in the latest issue of The New Review of Literature, this event brings together poets from Quebec and the U.S. in a cross-cultural poetic dialogue.
May 3 -- 7:30 p.m. – Intersections: Innovative Poetry in Southern California
and the New Review of Literature, vol.2. no.2 Publication party for a long-awaited anthology of Southland poetry, featuring some of the most interesting writing anywhere in the U.S. over the last thirty years. Edited by Douglas Messerli for his Green Integer Books, Intersections includes selections from the work of Will Alexander, David Antin, Rae Armantrout, Therese Bachand, Todd Baron, Guy Bennett, Franklin Bruno, Wanda Coleman, Robert Crosson, Catherine Daly, Barbara Maloutas, Deborah Meadows, Haryette Mullen, Martin Nakell, Dennis Phillips, Christopher Reiner, Martha Ronk, Joe Ross, Jerome Rothenberg, Mark Salerno, Standard Schaefer, John Thomas, Paul Vangelisti, and Diane Ward. Many of the featured writers will be on hand to sign copies of Intersections. Also, hot off the press, the fourth issue of New Review of Literature, featuring new work by Stacey Levine, R.M. Berry, Bruce Henricksen, Jorge Mirales, Cole Swenson, John Latta, Ralph Angel, Jaime Saenz, Diane Ward, and an interview with Richard Foreman.