Saturday, August 27, 7:00 P.M.
Readings by OTIS WRITERS on Saturday, August 27 at 7 P.M.
Poet and translator Guy Bennett is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Drive to Cluster. With Béatrice Mousli-Bennett, Guy is also the author of Charting the Here of There: French & American Poetry in Translation published in literary magazines (1850-2002).
His poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies in Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, as well as here in the US. Recent translations include works by Nicole Brossard, Jean-Michel Espitallier, Mostafa Nissabouri, Vale`re Novarina, Jacques Roubaud, and Giovanna Sandri.
Guy Bennett is also the publisher of the wonderful Seeing Eye Books, co-editor of Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, and is a contributing editor to the New Review of Literature as well as Électron Libre (Morocco).
He is an Associate Professor at Otis in the Liberal Arts and Sciences department as well as the Graduate Writing Program.
Allison Dalton is an instructor in composition, literature, and creative writing for the Liberal Arts and Sciences department at Otis. She is also the faculty advisor for Wash, a student-edited, -designed, and -constructed lit and art magazine she founded at Otis six years ago.
Allison received her BA from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University, and, as she puts it, "was last (legitimately) published" in the Indiana Review when she was 21. She notes that "since then, she has had work in many student publications, which makes her just as happy."
Peter Gadol is the author of five novels: COYOTE, THE MYSTERY ROAST, CLOSER TO THE SUN, THE LONG RAIN and LIGHT AT DUSK.
His fiction has been translated into several languages and his short stories have appeared in Story, Tin House, and Black Clock.
Before coming to Otis, Peter taught at CalArts for nine years. He is now an Associate Professor in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis (and this semester Interim Chair while Chair Paul Vangelisti is on sabattical).
Barbara Maloutas is the Associate Chair of the Communication Arts Department at Otis and also a writer - she received her MFA from the Otis Graduate Writing Program.
Barbara won the New Issues first book in poetry competition for In a Combination of Practices, judged by Brenda Hillman and published in 2004.
She is the winner of the 2003 New Michigan Press/Diagram Chapbook Contest for Practices and a finalist in 2004. Her work has appeared in journals such as Aufgabe, Diagram, FreeVerse, Good Foot, the New Review of Literature, Segue, and Tarpaulin Sky. Her work is anthologized in Intersections: Innovative Poetry in Southern California from Green Integer in 2005 and in Segue's 5th anniversary online edition published by Miami University-Middletown in 2006.
The Graduate Writing Program is very fortunate to have as a part of its faculty legendary Los Angeles editor Douglas Messerli, who first with Sun & Moon Press and now Green Integer has published over 400 titles of international fiction, poetry, drama, and belles-lettres - everything from the famed New York Trilogy by Paul Auster to work by our own Dennis Phillips and Paul Vangelisti.
Douglas has also had over ten books of his own poetry, fiction, and drama published, including FIRST WORDS, BOW DOWN, and LETTERS FROM HANUSSE (written under the pseudonym of Joshua Haigh). He is the winner of a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance and an American Book Award.
In 2004, he was named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.
He is currently working on a new collection of poetry and an ongoing cultural memoir, the first volume of which, MY YEAR 2005, will be published later this year.
Béatrice Mousli-Bennett received her doctorate from the Sorbonne in 1993. Her work has three main focuses: the history of literary institutions and networks in France and in the United States, transatlantic literary exchanges, and French 20th century literature. She has published many books, including Intentions, histoire d'une revue littéraire des années vingt, Les Editions du Sagittaire 1919-1979, Valery Larbaud (which won the Grand Prix for Biography from the Académie Francaise), Virginia Woolf, and Max Jacob.
As noted before, with Guy Bennett, she wrote Charting the Here of There, and Guy and Béatrice have collaborated to curate several exhibits, including, "Review of Two Worlds; French and American Literary Periodicals, 1945-2002" at the New York Public Library in Fall 2002, "Charting the Here of There: A French and American Dialogue in Poetry" at the Doheny Memorial Library at the University of Southern California in Spring 2003. They also organized several conferences, including "Review of Two Worlds" for USC and Otis in 2003, and "Los Angeles, A Different Look at a Different City," at the Bibliothe`que Nationale in Paris this last June. Béatrice teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis.
Pat Stiles is an Associate Professor teaching drawing and illustration full time in the Fashion Program at Otis. She's also a busy writer - her fiction was published last year in the Ontario Review and recently in Orchid: A Literary Review. An essay is forthcoming in Garb, an anthology to be published by Prentice Hall. Other short stories have been finalists: the NY Stories Short Fiction Contest, the William Faulkner Competition, New Millennium Writing, and The Speakeasy Prize judged by Amy Bloom.
As Founding Chair of the Otis Graduate Writing Program Paul Vangelisti is the author of some twenty books of poetry, including Villa, Alphabets, and Embarrassement of Survival: Selected Poems, 1970-2000. This year, he published Caper, a collaboration with poet Ray di Palma and the artists Roy Dowell and Don Suggs. Next month, Green Integer will publish his newest volume, Days Shadows Pass.
As an anthologist, Paul was a co-editor, with Charles Bukowski and Neeli Cherkovski, of the Anthology of L.A. Poets in 1972, and from 1973-1974, curator of Specimen 73, an exhibit of Southern California poetry at the Pasadena Museum. Paul also edited, for Marsilio Publishers in New York, Transbluesency: the Selected Poems of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, 1961-1995 and L.A. Exile: A Guide to Los Angeles Writing, 1932-1998.
For Mondadori Publishers in Milan, and collaborating with Luigi Ballerini, Paul has been recently engaged in producing the mammoth bi-lingual New American Poetry, a five-volume series organized by region and including work from 1960 to the present; the Los Angeles volume was published last year and San Franciso comes out this October.
Paul edited the award-winning literary magazine Invisible City and from 1993 until 2002, the visual and literary arts annual Ribot.
And then Paul also is a noted translator from the Italian and the French - most recently, his translation with Lucia Re of Amelia Rosselli's War Variations won the 2006 Ennio Flaiano Prize for Literary Translation in Italy and (I'm pleased to announce), here in Los Angeles, to be awarded in November, the PEN West Translation Prize.