Writing and Literature 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 Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Laura Braun

The book spends more time with the characters’ psychology and friendship and less with battles and weaponry. It also has a restrained, almost austere visual style that makes a lot of use of black and white. Uriarte polished his drawing skills at the California College of the Arts and drew from Scott McCloud’s essential book, “Understanding Comics,” as well.

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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 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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Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Laura Braun

Undergraduate Writing and Literature and MFA in Comics associate professor Justin Hall has a busy life outside his day-to-day responsibilities at CCA.

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 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 Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

The irresistible band of Oakland weirdos met at the California College of the Arts and put out their first album, “I Wanna Go Home,” in 2009. Shaw also was part of queer-core outfit Hunx and His Punx.

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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.