Writing and Literature News

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 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 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).

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 by Laura Braun

When multimedia artist Alex Nichols got evicted from her Mission District studio, she took to the streets with what she called a Portable Studio, made of foam so she could fold it up and carry it on her head.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Laura Braun

“Girls,” Mrs. Danilewitz called to her daughters, “Girls, I want you to meet this extraordinary lady!” My mother stood unsuspecting in the foyer, hardly taller than the two children who gazed at her now. I’d been studying for a biology test with their older brother, Justin. “Did you know,” Mrs. D. went on, “that this lady arrived in this country with no more than $6 in her pocket? And look what she’s made of herself today!” She clasped my mother’s hand. “Nimmu, what an inspiration!”

Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 by Laura Braun

For two months in 1913, the San Francisco Bulletin published daily installments of the autobiography of an anonymous prostitute the paper called Alice Smith. Her story, despite the impact it had on society at the time, was nearly forgotten and is collected for the first time in more than 100 years in  “Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute.”  The book has been published by Heyday, the independent nonprofit publisher based in Berkeley.