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Posted on Monday, June 25, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Editors and contributors to Art Practical.

The California Arts Council (CAC) announced its plans to award $12,400 to Art Practical as part of CAC’s Arts and Public Media program.

The Arts and Public Media program supports multiplatform nonprofit media projects that demonstrate a clear approach to building public awareness and support for the arts. The program is rooted in the CAC’s vision to create a state where the arts are a central component of daily life and accessible to all, reflecting contributions from all of California’s diverse populations and fostering civic engagement.

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

James Voorhies to chair CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Curator and art historian James Voorhies, CCA’s current dean of Fine Arts, will fully assume the role of chair of the school’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice (CURP) on August 1, 2018. Voorhies has served as acting chair of CURP since the untimely passing of the program’s former chair, curator, and educator Leigh Markopoulos in February 2017. 

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

Alumna Julie Lythcott-Haims' new novel Real American was called "riveting" by the San Francisco Examiner. She wrote the memoir, which examines Blackness amid whiteness, while earning her MFA right here at CCA.

Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith will give a free public reading in CCA's Nave Alcove space tomorrow as part of the "Fridays in the Garden" series--a weekly fall reading series organized by the College's MFA Writing program that brings the vital voices of pioneering writers, poets, and literary figures to the entire Bay Area community. 

Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Shanthi Sekaran

Born and raised in Sacramento to parents who immigrated from India as medical professionals in the 1960s, Shanthi Sekaran finds that her background continually informs her work. Her first novel, The Prayer Room, (MacAdam/Cage; 2009) is the story of Viji, a young Indian woman who marries an American man, moves to Sacramento, gives birth to triplets, and navigates culture clashes as an immigrant in 1974 America.

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2017 by Laura Braun

Sekaran, a senior adjunct professor of creative writing and literature at the California College of the Arts, graduated from Rio Americano High School and earned bachelor’s degrees in English literature and French, as well as a master’s in South Asian studies, at UC Berkeley. Her MFA in creative writing is from Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. in creative writing is from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England.

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Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 by Laura Braun

Shanthi Sekaran teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts, and is a member of the Portuguese Artists’ Colony and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. 

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Laura Kenney

Lucky Boy
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017
Paperback, 480 pages, $27

Writing professor Shanthi Sekaran's novel is a story about two women in Northern California: an undocumented Mexican woman and an Indian-American wife. Both are bound together by their love for the same boy.

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Laura Kenney

Winter Park
Atmosphere Press, 2016
Paperback, 272 pages, $14.95

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 by Laura Braun

Marianne Gage is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, artist, and teacher. After teaching, Marianne worked as a portrait painter and printmaker for many years. Born in Oklahoma and educated at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Marianne arrived in the Bay Area in 1952, where she did graduate work at San Francisco State and California College of Arts & Crafts (now California College of the Arts).