Writing News

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

We talk about the life and legacy of boxing champion and activist Muhammad Ali with educator and writer Ishmael Reed, author of the book, "The Complete Muhammad Ali," which was published last year. Reed is a recipient of the MacArthur "genius" award and is currently a visiting scholar at the California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 by Jim Norrena

The lineup for the fourth annual Comics in the City, a summer guest-speaker series hosted by CCA's MFA in Comics program, features three of comics' most celebrated creators -- including a special reading by MFA in Comics graduate cartoonists.

Join us each Friday in July as painter and cartoonist Tom Neely (The Humans), comics memoirist MariNaomi (Turning Japanese), and artist and writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) highlight various aspects of the comics medium -- from independent publishing to the craft of writing to the future of digital comics.

All events are free and open to the public and take place on or near the San Francisco campus.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Braun

Prentiss was born in Santa Cruz, California, and holds an MFA in creative writing from California College of the Arts. She has been a writer in residence at the Blue Mountain Center, the Vermont Studio Center, and with the Workspace program at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

On Thursday, April 7, Center for Art and Public Life (CAPL) at California College of the Arts presented the spring 2016 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, at which three juried interdisciplinary teams each were awarded a $10,000 grant to create innovative and creative solutions to social problems by collaborating with community experts and partners.

Through such grants, the awards program enables a new generation of creative innovators to develop meaningful social change. Students are challenged to apply their critical and creative problem-solving skills to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally by developing proposals and facilitating actionable next steps.

In the spring CAPL received an unprecedented amount of grant proposals from undergraduate and graduate students across 15 different disciplines with project sites in San Francisco, Utah, India, Pakistan, China, and Columbia.


Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

Raised in Santa Cruz, California, and now based in New York, Prentiss received her MFA in creative writing from the California College of the Arts. She has been working on Tuesday Nights, which comes out today, since graduate school.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

Similarly, BlabberLab rebuses show not just ears and eyes, but drawings of colons, veins and layers of skin. It makes sense that Comitta and Pfau met in a California College of the Arts graduate course on the grotesque.

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Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

“I first heard about synesthesia when I was in graduate school, because a woman in one of my classes had it,” says Prentiss, who studied creative writing at California College of the Arts. “We barely talked, but one day she approached me and said something like, ‘You’re peach!’ To her, that was what my color was—that’s what she saw when she saw me.”

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Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to alumna and interdisciplinary poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (again!) for having been awarded a 2016 Whiting Award, a prestigious accomplishment that carries with it a $50,000 honorarium for each of the four awardees.

Diggs (MFA in Writing 2008) was honored in the poetry category of the annual awards competition issued by the Whiting Foundation.

Recent Honors

In January Diggs was named an awardee of the 2016 Creative Capital Awardees in the Literature category for her project Global Studies, a collection of poems and flash prose that mimes the textbook structure to examine the ambiguity of history.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Jim Norrena

CCA each year provides its undergraduate and graduate students with more than 600 internship/externship opportunities in architecture, design, fine arts, and writing.

Because the college is located among the most well-known, respected, and innovative companies and design firms, we are uniquely positioned to provide students with access to real-world industry leaders and help them build relationships as interns and develop professionally toward life-long careers.

Location = Access = Career Success

“Perhaps CCA’s most enduring contribution to our students’ professional lives as designers and artists,” explains Dean of Design Leslie Roberts, “is our deep roots into tech, design, and fine arts in the Bay Area." Roberts goes on to cite such heavyweights as Uber, Huge, Facebook, Arup, Autodesk, Google, and frog as being among the many noteworthy companies where current design students and alumni are building their careers.

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“Our industry ties allow CCA students unique access to internships coveted by peers around the world. Are other colleges and students envious of this opportunity? Of course they are!”

Roberts shared a recent email she received from a former student who had interned while in the MFA in Design program: "I've actually been thinking about CCA lately ... probably the best career move I've ever made. More than doubling my salary and moving from regular designer to lead in less than two years!"

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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Editor's note: FACULTY SPOTLIGHT is an editorial series that showcases CCA's wide range of professional faculty members.

Here we learn more about Writing and Literature and MFA in Writing faculty member Faith Adiele, who was born of a Nordic-American mother and a Nigerian father. 

Adiele was raised as the sole African girl on a farm in the Pacific Northwest. She later won a fellowship to Nigeria, where she met for the first time her father -- originally thought killed in the Biafran War -- and her siblings.

Adiele serves as an advisory faculty member position for the college's Students of Color organization. She has lectured and taught writing all over the world.

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