Writing News

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 by Jim Norrena

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 Wednesday, January 27, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Image: Tanya Traboulsi, *Music is Life: Lebanese Sounds Stills*, a Kleio Projects exhibition

Congratulations to CCA Graduate Program in Writing alumna, writer, and visual artist Youmna Chlala for being awarded the distinguished 2009 Joseph Henry Jackson Award for her poetry manuscript The Paper Camera. In addition to a $2,000 cash award, Chlala’s manuscript will be permanently housed at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library. She was also invited to read from her award-winning manuscript at a separate awards ceremony held November 16 at 7 p.m. at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco.

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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 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 Thursday, December 17, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Professor Opal Palmer Adisa teaches in CCA's MFA Program in Writing and Diversity Studies ProgramView slideshow 

CCA MFA Program in Writing and Diversity Studies professor Opal Palmer Adisa, PhD has been accepted to partake in the inaugural El Gouna Writers' Residency program this June, where she will join five additional invited writers from different countries and cultures.

The program is scheduled to host three one-month sessions a year during the months of February, May, and June in 2010.

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Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

CCA MFA student artists will present the special storefront project Super Pop-Up Shop at the newly remodeled Alameda Towne Center November 22 through December 6, 2009. The grand opening will take place Sunday, November 22, from noon–5 p.m.

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Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Peruvian writer Daniel Alarcón

Celebrated Peruvian writer Daniel Alarcón, fall 2009 writer in residence in the MFA Program in Writing, was named a prizewinner of the first International Literature Award—Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2009—for his debut novel, Lost City Radio (HarperCollins 2007; Wagenbach 2008). The award brings awareness of outstanding and exemplary new works of literature from around the globe.

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Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2009 by Clay Walsh

Oaxifornia 2009 student Zak Timan learns how to prepare carrizo from artisan Maria Magdalena Angeles VasquezView slideshow 

The fifth annual CCA summer study-abroad course in Oaxaca, Mexico—known as "Oaxifornia"—was again a success, bringing CCA students together with local artists in a truly interdisciplinary setting. In a countryside town about 12 miles outside Oaxaca City, 13 CCA students lived and worked for three weeks this past July in the Ex-Hacienda de Guadalupe.

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Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Artist: Dustin BoudreauView slideshow 

For the first time ever in spring 2009, undergraduates in Printmaking collaborated with students in the MFA Program in Writing for a formal project, under the auspices of faculty member Thomas Wojak. The result, 2x2, will be the focus of a celebratory evening on Friday, October 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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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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