Nana K. Twumasi (MFA Writing 2004) was born in the South and raised a bunch of other places, which left her with a Midwestern work ethic, an East Coast attitude and, now that she lives in Oakland, California, a West Coast sense of time. Her work has appeared as part of Ballyhoo Stories' 50 States Project and the International Museum of Women's Imagining Ourselves online exhibit. She is the coeditor of Monday Night, a journal of new literature.Read the rest
Nana K. Twumasi lives in Oakland
About Melanie Westerberg
Melanie Westerberg (2004) is the author of City in the River, City in the Forest (Hag's Head Press, 2010). Her short stories have appeared in Mid-American Review, Third Coast, Torpedo, and the Best New American Voices 2006 anthology, and two were nominated for Pushcart Prizes.
Her collaboration with CCA MFA Writing faculty member Rebekah Bloyd was translated into Czech for RozRazil.Read the rest
Brent Foster Jones connects his writing to social and political life
About Brent Foster Jones (2008)
In 2008 Southern Exposure asked me to read new prose and poetry as part of guerrilla broadcaster Neighborhood Public Radio's upcoming programming for the Whitney Biennial. My disembodied voice, along with others, was played for digital, radio, and museum listeners.
The experience started me thinking about how to keep new literature knit into our fast-moving world. Readers might be distracted, but they still want stories, but maybe these stories are lean, urgent things, elegant and efficient.
Training in Multiple GenresRead the rest
Nikki Thompson is a poet, book artist (aka Deconstructed Artichoke Press), and happily failed architect. She fled Southern California for UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree in architecture and edited Berkeley Fiction Review.
In 2001 she was awarded the All College Honors in Graduate Writing from CCA. She remained in the Bay Area and completed the MFA Program in Writing in 2002.Read the rest
Friedman resides in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and two children
Peach Friedman (2006) is the author of Diary of an Exercise Addict, a memoir recounting her rapid descent into and recovery from anorexia nervosa. The book received international acclaim from sources including the London Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, and Friedman was interviewed by Barbara Walters on The View, and on Oprah's Radio Network. People magazine gave the book three stars and named Friedman a "sexual adventuress," who inspires her readers.
Friedman resides in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and two children.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 by Calvin Mays
Facebook headquarters, now in Menlo Park, was just one stop on the tour
Calvin Mays graduated from the MBA in Design Strategy program in spring 2011.
Nathan Shedroff, chair of the MBA in Design Strategy program at California College of the Arts, has a vision: to redefine the future of MBA education. In the spring 2011 semester, students in the program’s second-year cohort got the unique opportunity to take an elective that offered a look into the unpredictable and hyper-fast-paced world of entrepreneurship.
What risk-taking student wouldn’t jump at the chance to learn from two highly educated and venturesome professors (Teddy Zmrhal and Edward West): well-seasoned entrepreneurs with strong ties to, and deep roots in, the world’s hottest bed of deal-seeking venture capitalists, angels, accelerators, and incubators?
We were in for a sightseeing jaunt like no other—a VIP-guided tour into the mecca of start-up activity, the belly of the beast, Silicon Valley. We were all excited to actively participate in open and candid dialogues with some of the world’s most brilliantly innovative entrepreneurs, companies, and investors.
Being a risk-taking entrepreneur myself, I enrolled in the class in hopes of learning more than just textbook advice on the rigors of risk, or product and service differentiation. At first glance the syllabus looked a bit light: an inviting introduction, the usual grading system, a presentation assignment, and another assignment personally tailored to our venture projects from other courses.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 by Allison Byers
Walker’s winning design features bright colors and comprehensible graphics that illustrate the food’s ingredients
Visual designer and CCA alumna Renée Walker (MFA Design 2011) placed first in the Rethink the Food Label competition, an online contest issued by GOOD magazine and University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s News21 project to redesign the nutrition label found on food packaging.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Cory Gunter Brown and Cassidy Hope Wright founded The Moon, a self-described "slow fashion" boutique and design studio in 2007
This is the first installment in a series of artist profiles that depicts CCA's connection to the Oakland Art Murmur -- in particular to 25th Street in downtown Oakland, where in almost any given gallery, shop, or studio, artists from California College of the Arts are making their living in the arts. Collectively, they are changing the cultural landscape of Oakland, elevating its reputation as one of today’s most talked-about art scenes.
Earlier this summer, while walking along 25th Street between Broadway and Telegraph avenues in downtown Oakland, I found myself appreciating a discernible shift in the neighborhood's appearance. It used to be only abandoned warehouses and defunct automotive repair shops comprised the city blocks in this area (the result of 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, which took its toll on an already economically depressed downtown Oakland).
Yet now, slowly, one by one, this same area seems to be the impetus for an appreciable spate of creative businesses and artist live/work spaces.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 by Jim Norrena
As the 10th Anniversary Reunion Weekend approaches, what better way to celebrate than to participate in a community book/CD swap?
Please arrive with a book/CD you’ve authored or illustrated (or both), a journal to which you’ve contributed, a zine you’ve edited—you get the picture.
When you arrive at the Writers' Studio on our celebration weekend (September 16-18), deliver the book/CD you are willing to swap to the "book swap" tables. We’ll have separate tables for faculty and alumni. Bid your book a fond farewell!Read the rest
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2011 by Simon Hodgson
On August 8, 2011, CCA alumna Adrienne Skye Roberts (MA Visual and Critical Studies 2009) began a six-week residency at the hip new Philadelphia Art Hotel, tracing her radical roots. "My grandfather, Joseph Roberts, was a Russian Jewish immigrant, a chairperson of the Communist Party, and general manager at the Communist newspaper the Daily Worker. He was prosecuted in 1953 under the Smith Act, wartime legislation passed to stop alien residents from trying to overthrow the U.S. by force.Read the rest
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