Can something described as “blue junk,” “disintegrated upholstery,” or “IKEA plastic” become a winning entry in an art competition—one that is affiliated with many of today’s high-profile international artists?Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 by Jim Norrena
(l to r): Julia Anne Goodman, 2nd place; Alicia Escott, 4th place; Scott Oliver; 3rd place; Harriete Estel Berman, 1st place
Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 by Jim Norrena
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.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 by Sarah Owens
Scholar, critic, and curator Julian Myers, PhD, associate professor in the Curatorial Practice and Visual Studies programs, has been selected as a grantee for the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, a first-of-its-kind program "aimed to honor and encourage writing about art." Julian's proposed book project, Mirror-Travel in the Motor City, is one of 27 projects awarded a portion of the $635,000 total grant.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 by Jim Norrena
Leslie Carol Roberts is a faculty member in both the MFA Writing and Graduate Design programs. She's also the first-ever Fulbright Fellow in Antarctic Studies! Roberts will be promoting her book, The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarctica (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), in the Bay Area with planned readings. (See author's website and bookstore links below for details.)
According to Roberts: "This book pieces together the tragic and heroic tales of nineteenth-century exploration, interviews with scientists, and the author's personal observations. The result is a remarkable collage that evokes the beauty and the complexity, the perils and the rewards of a lifelong engagement with the earth's last wilderness."
Additionally, Roberts has delivered talks and papers on her multidisciplinary work at the Stanford Linear Accelerator and the New Zealand Studies Association (London), as well as to scientific groups at universities in the United States and abroad.
Roberts, who's been invited as a distinguished writer in residence at St. Mary's College in 2009, has written hundreds of articles and essays for magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including the Bellevue Literary Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Sydney Morning Herald. She has written hundreds of articles and essays for magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including the Bellevue Literary Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Join Roberts at Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley on Friday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. for a reading and signing.
Read the East Bay Express article.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008 by Jim Norrena
Congratulations to Andy Nicholson, 2006 graduate of CCA's MFA Program in Writing, who is a recipient of the Schaeffer Fellowship in poetry. This fall he began the PhD in English program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
UNLV's PhD in English with a creative dissertation focuses on English and American literature with the goal of preparing students to pursue writing careers—be they instructional at the college or university level or based in editing or publishing. The Atlantic heralded the program as among the top five in the nation.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, October 3, 2008 by Jim Norrena
(Yiyun Li will speak at CCA as part of the MFA Writers' Series on November 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the Writers' Studio.)
In a recent interview with CCA alum and celebrated writer/director/producer Wayne Wang (The Center of the World, The Joy Luck Club, Smoke), who has been making films for the past 30 years (starting when still a student at CCA) and who has remarkable influence on aspiring Asian filmmakers, he discussed his recent departure from Hollywood big films to focus more on smaller, independent films:
"I got on this treadmill of studio movies and I had fun, made a lot of good money, but I was having a hard time getting off of it so I sort of consciously just got off and said, 'How can I go back to some of my own films, independent films dealing with the Chinese in America again?' I found first of all one of the big changes with the Chinese community here is that there are a lot more new immigrants from China, and second, I found Yiyun Li's book, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers. There were two stories that I really liked in there, so I ended up . . . making two films." (Read the full interview with Wayne Wang.)
Two stories indeed. "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" and "The Princess of Nebraska" are each featured in Li's award-winning collection of short stories, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, which impressed Wang.
Oakland-based Yiyun Li's debut collection of short stories won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction. She was recently selected by Granta as one of the Best Young American Novelists.
Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Glimmer Train, Prospect, and elsewhere. She has received grants and awards from Lannan Foundation and Whiting Foundation.
So it's not so surprising that a director as talented as Wang would recognize talent in a writer like Li.
Li was able to work extensively on the screenplay for Thousand Prayers (Magnolia Pictures); however, she was knee-deep working on her first full-length novel, and thus less involved in the film production of "The Princess of Alaska," which Wang codirected with Richard Wong under the same title.
The films had a back-to-back screening (as a single feature) at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival. Then Thousand Prayers opened the 2008 International Asian Film Festival. But it was only recently that Thousand Prayers had its theatrical release opening at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York September 19. (Interestingly, in France the two films were released simultaneously with theater venues offering viewers a choice of either or both.)
However, nowadays when a film releases is less intriguing as how it releases: on October 17 YouTube's Screening Room will air the U.S. premiere of The Princess of Nebraska, also from Magnolia Pictures. (Watch the exclusive YouTube Princess of Nebraska trailer.)
Much like the subject matter of either short story, Wang hopes the innovative release strategy will serve multiple audiences, thus uniting different generations and cultures—be it symbolically or otherwise.
"A Thousand Years of Good Prayers is classical and is being distributed classically," Wong says. "It's about an older generation. The Princess of Nebraska is about a new generation. It's shot in a very contemporary way. It was very guerrilla style, and we used a lot of cell phone stuff, and it made sense for [the film] to go to the Internet." (Listen to the complete NPR interview. Approximately five minutes.)Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 by Jim Norrena
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Friday, September 14, 2007
3:30–5:30 p.m., Writers' Studio, San Francisco campus
Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 by Kim Lessard
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