Writing News

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

During her time as a Stanford University dean, Julie Lythcott-Haims saw a deluge of book-smart students who didn't have the skills to live independently. Lythcott-Haims joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss her new book, "How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success."

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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

When did the central aim of parenting become preparing children for success? This reigning paradigm, which dictates that every act of nurturing be judged on the basis of whether it will usher a child toward a life of accomplishment or failure, embodies the fundamental insecurity of global capitalist culture, with its unbending fixation on prosperity and the future. It’s no surprise that parenting incites such heated debates, considering how paradoxical these principles can be when they’re applied to children.

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

Bernardi, an installation artist and printmaker, is a professor at the California College of the Arts. Born in Argentina, her work investigating crimes in that country has led her to teach on art and human rights.

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Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

Six Plus One: CCA Writers Speak: Faith Adiele (“Meeting Faith”), Dodie Bellamy (“The TV Sutras”), Gloria Frym (“The True Patriot”), Elaine Kahn (“Women In Public”), Kevin Killian, Joseph Lease (“Testify”), and Shanthi Sekaran (“The Prayer Room”)

Of politics, poetry, memoirs and art: A dynamic set of readings by six brilliant writers who teach at California College of the Arts, as well as one CCA alumna. (The Marsh Cabaret)

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Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

Musician, poet, artist, Elaine Kahn was born in Evanston, Illinois and is currently based in Oakland, California. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a BA from California College of the Arts. Kahn is the author of three poetry chapbooks, A Voluptuous Dream During an Eclipse(2012), Customer (2010), and Radiant Bottle Caps (2008), and is a contributor to Art Papers. Her music project, Horsebladder, has toured widely throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is also co-founder of the feminist puppet troop P.

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Laura Braun

Tom Barbash of Mill Valley is the author of the award-winning novel “The Last Good Chance” and the nonfiction book “On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick & 9/11: A Story of Loss & Renewal,” which was a New York Times bestseller. His collection of short stories, “Stay Up With Me,” was published in 2013. He is teaching writing at California College of the Arts and working on a new novel due out next year. He is married and has a 7-year-old son.

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Katherine Robards

Playwright Calamity West (MFA Writing 2007) is one of 10 Chicago-based female artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts who received a prestigious 3Arts Award, which carries with it a no-strings-attached $25,000 cash award!

Since West left CCA, she has been continually working with theater companies -- playwriting and producing plays. Her work has appeared locally (San Francisco), nationally (Chicago), and internationally (Melbourne).

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Most recent full-length productions of West's work: Ibsen is Dead, The Peacock (Jackalope Theatre Company); The Gacy Play (Sideshow Theatre Company); and Common Hatred (The Ruckus).

Posted on Monday, February 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

Putnam senior editor Tara Singh Carlson took world rights to Shanthi Sekaran’s new novel, Lucky Boy, in a preempt.Lindsay Edgecombe at Levine Greenberg Rostan represented the author, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., and teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts. The novel, which is slated for spring 2016, follows the stories of two women whose lives collide: an undocumented 19-year-old Mexican immigrant trying to establish a life in the U.S., and an Indian-American woman longing (and struggling) to have a child.

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Chris Bliss

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce that it will assume publication of the online contemporary arts journals Art Practical (AP) and Daily Serving (DS), effective immediately.

This creates the unprecedented opportunity for the two publications to continue to serve a broad community while enabling students to learn professional skills in publishing and to conceive of new audiences for their ideas.

As the publisher, CCA will serve as the fiscal agent for Art Practical and Daily Serving. The two publications have been run as independent entities since their founding in 2006 (DS) and 2009 (AP).

Each will retain its core mission, editorial vision, and autonomy in all areas, including content, staffing, and programming.

Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by Jim Norrena

"Robot Umbrella," Eve Skylar, contributor

The new issue of Eleven Eleven, the biannual journal of literature and art published through CCA's MFA Program in Writing, is available to read at elevenelevenjournal.com!

"The aim of the publication is to provide a forum for risk and experimentation and to serve as an exchange between writers and artists," explains longtime faculty editor Hugh Behm-Steinberg,

Ongoing Tribute to Burmese Writers

A new feature of Eleven Eleven now includes a section devoted to Burmese writers. Starting with issue 18, Eleven Eleven will feature several Burmese writers (both in Burmese and in English translation) in all forthcoming online issues.

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