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Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by Laura Braun

Conceived in 2009, the band consist of Shannon Shaw (vocals/bass), Cody Blanchard (guitars/vocals) and Nate Mahan (drums), all of whom are friends that met and started playing together while at California College of the Arts. The band then began performing around the Bay Area, finding local and national recognition. If you ever have doubts about playing music or forming a band, Shaw explains, “Just go for it. If you want to do it, you can, and you should. I’m a big fake it till you make it kind of person, and I’m a late bloomer as well. I didn’t start playing until I was 25.

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Jim Norrena

The 2016 Creative Capital Awardees have been announced, and alumna LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (MFA Writing 2008) has been named an awardee 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.

According to the Creative Capital website, the nonprofit invests in artists who shape the future. It has awarded $40 million to 642 groundbreaking artists nationwide through funding, counsel, and career development services.

Three distinct categories distinguish the 46 projects (Emerging Fields, Literature, and Performing Arts), and this year only six grantees represent the literature component.

Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists’ projects that are bold, innovative, and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Em Meine

Student Liuchengxi Liu tests the buoyancy of a piece for WILL IT FLOAT?! with faculty Denise Newman and Kari Marboe

WILL IT FLOAT?!

Kari Marboe and Denise Newman 

Based on David Letterman's classic sketch Will It Float?!, this collaboration between Denise Newman's First Year Writer's Workshop and Kari Marboe's Intro to Ceramics: Push/Pull had students break into teams tasked with creating stories and buoyant sculptures based on a verb from Richard Serra.

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Calamity West is a Chicago-based award-winning playwright. Her most recent productions include "The Peacock" (Jackalope Theatre), "The Gacy Play" (Sideshow Theatre), "Common Hatred" (The Ruckus), and "Ibsen Is Dead!" Her play "Give It All Back" was commissioned by Sideshow Theatre in 2015 and was cited on The Kilroys List the same year. In February 2016 her newest play, "Rolling," will receive its world premiere at Jackalope Theatre.

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Marlon James at CCA Writers Series reading October 2

MFA in Writing master writer-in-residence Marlon James has been awarded the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications), which tells the story of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by Laura Braun

Since leaving Stanford in 2012, she began pursuing a master of fine arts in creative writing at California College of the Arts' San Francisco campus.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 by Laura Braun

The Booker prize judges didn’t go “looking for diversity” this year, said chair Michael Wood, but they were “slightly relieved” to find it: and it’s evident in the fact that American domination hasn’t come to pass in quite the way some people feared when the prize was opened up in 20

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

I majored in American studies at Stanford University (1989) and studied law at Harvard (1994). I practiced law in the Bay Area in the 1990s before returning to Stanford to serve in various roles including dean of freshmen, a position I created and held for a decade. In my final three years at Stanford, I was associate vice provost for undergraduate education and dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising, and in 2010 I received the university’s Lloyd W.

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.

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