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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

Tom Barbash: Wrote the novel “The Last Good Chance” and nonfiction book “On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, & 9/11: A Story of Loss & Renewal.” Teaches at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by Laura Braun

In his first collection, Stay Up With Me (Simon and Schuster £12.99), Tom Barbash finds radiance among the wreckage with tales of love, confusion and estrangement. A charming writer, Barbash draws the reader in with classic American craftsmanship. Even when they break your heart, you want to stay up with these New York stories.

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Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

Mary Behm-Steinberg Hugh Behm-Steinberg is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and the recipient of an NEA fellowship. His books include The Opposite of Work (JackLeg Press) and Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books), as well as several chapbooks including Sorcery (Dusie Chapbook Kollektiv) and Good Morning! (Deconstructed Artichoke Press).

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Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 by Jim Norrena

The Center for Art & Public Life (The Center) and the MBA in Design Strategy program, both at California College of the Arts, last month co-organized TechRaking 7, an annual hackathon series put on by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), which focused on the intersection of journalism and design.

TechRaking 7, the first within the series to work exclusively with college students (and CCA as its official partner), had CIR CEO Joaquín Alvarado reaching out to CCA to pose the question: How can we rethink human interaction around the news within our communities?

CIR enlisted colleagues from two of its local media partners -- Bruce Koon of KQED and Martin Reynolds of the Bay Area News Group (BANG) -- to challenge CCA students with some of their toughest community-engagement issues. For example, how might:

CIR create new ways for people to communicate about the role of guns in their neighborhoods?
BANG offer a more participatory model that empowers residents to share overlooked topics?
KQED develop cross-regional tools to communicate better the personal effects of the growing technology industry?

Far be it for anyone at CCA to turn away a challenge, thought leaders at The Center decided to enlist the help of CCA students -- working in small teams representing a wide range of disciplines -- to collectively come up with innovative solutions that could encourage greater public participation in today's changing news gathering and distribution policies and procedures.

In short, TechRaking 7 challenged students to give the concept of the traditional newsstand a much-needed facelift.

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