Writing and Literature News

Posted on Friday, October 1, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Best Travel Writing 2010
Travelers' Tales, 2010
Paperback, 352 pages, $19.95

In "12 Hours in Barcelona" Writing & Literature professor Marianne Rogoff has a dusk-till-dawn layover in the city of Gaudi. She leaves her bags in an airport locker, buses to the center of town, and finds herself one among many on a festival occasion, out "on a night when free ballets and symphonies and theatrical performances are taking place all over town, lending a glow, heightening our pleasure, focusing the eye out of the chaos of so-much-to-see into the framework of the arts: dance, music, language. Over there, young spoken-word poets are rapping hip-hop beats; here, it's Shakespeare in Spanish; now, a celebratory speech; in my ear, the stories of Barcelona's past and future. I see it all from my perch atop this slow-moving red bus."

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Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Jim Norrena

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MFA Program in Writing second-year student Alka Joshi is heading off to Florida in October for a three-week artists residency (Comic Book Workshop / Graphic Novels Residency) at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) with Russian master artist and seasoned graphic novelist Svetlana Chmakova (Dramacon, 2007, and Nightschool, 2006), who also drew and wrote a monthly serialized manga strip (aka comic strip) for CosmoGirl and has recently finished

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Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Jason Engelund

In spring 2010 Aimee Phan, CCA Writing and Literature chair, led ENGAGE at CCA: 826 Valencia Book Project. In this course, students collaborated with 826 Valencia to mentor high school students in essay writing, in preparation for a book release.

The college's ENGAGE at CCA initiative acts as a hub to connect CCA students and faculty with a world outside the classroom by using creative practices to solve pressing social needs.

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Posted on Friday, January 8, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Award-winning Graphic Design associate professor Bob Aufuldish designed the marketing pieces for An Evening with David Sedaris

California College of the Arts saw countless events and happenings during 2009, yet one event in particular stands out for its remarkable success: An Evening with David Sedaris. CCA's benefit for scholarships, which attracted more than 2,000 attendees to the Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium on Thursday, October 29, raised more than $150,000 for students in need—a whopping 50 percent above the goal!

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Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 by Brenda Tucker

Sanjit Sethi will head ENGAGE at CCAView slideshow 

In 2010, students at California College of the Arts (CCA) will design furniture for Lighthouse Community Charter School, Oakland; help improve communications and systems for seniors at Bethany Center, San Francisco; create protective nesting modules for seabirds on Año Nuevo Island, off the Northern California coast; and work with high school students to publish an anthology of personal essays at 826 Valencia Book Project, San Francisco. These and several other projects are part of ENGAGE at CCA, an innovative initiative that will launch January 11, 2010.

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Posted on Friday, December 18, 2009 by Jim Norrena

2009 NEA fellowship awardee Aimee PhanView slideshow 

CCA Writing and Literature chair and assistant professor Aimee Phan, also an assistant professor in the college’s MFA Program in Writing, has been awarded a $25,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 2010 Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing.

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Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Students and alumni share their perspectives on the MFA Program in Writing.

Jack Bergquist

The night before my first class last year was also the first night in my new apartment. I slept on a thin futon mattress on a thinly insulated floor above a bass-thumping bar. The next morning I almost threw up from nerves and lack of sleep.

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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009 by Jim Norrena

CCA’s MFA Program in Writing adjunct professor Holly Payne has been in the spotlight before, having authored The Virgin’s Knot and The Sound of Blue, but this summer seems to be shining the brightest. The spirited novelist, screenwriter, and writing coach released her third novel, Kingdom of Simplicity, in July—and it's already on the Bay Area best-seller list in the quality paperbacks category!

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Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts (CCA) presents An Evening with David Sedaris on Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 8 p.m. at the Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael, California. The evening will include a reading from new and unpublished materials, a book signing sponsored by Book Passage, and, for leadership donors to the event, a special cocktail reception with the author. All proceeds benefit scholarships at CCA.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 by Jim Norrena

MFA in Writing alumna Laura LeHew's poetry is featured in the anthology Eating Her Wedding Dress

CCA Alumna and poet Laura LeHew (MFA in Writing 2003) is one of 100 contemporary poets being featured in Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems, published by Ragged Sky Press, which includes other noteworthy local writers and literary luminaries such as Kim Addonizio, Margaret Atwood, Billy Collins, Elaine Equi, Jorie Graham, Maxine Kumin, Paul Muldoon, and Charles Simic. Eating Her Wedding Dress celebrates clothing in its many forms and functions as: desire, ghost, body, poetry, talisman, and transformer of the soul.

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