CCA MFA Program in Writing and Writing and Literature Program faculty member Gloria Frym recently was invited to read at the historic City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, a landmark independent bookstore and publisher that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Jim Norrena
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 by Jim Norrena
The MFA Program in Writing proudly offers the Writers Series that features a continuum of talented writers who are scheduled throughout the academic year to come to CCA to share their experience and insights.
While these events comprise the Friday Seminar course requirement for all first-year students, all events are free and open to the public -- especially all interested CCA community members.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Clay Walsh
CCA students work a table at last year's APE
The annual Alternative Press Expo (APO), the Bay Area's premiere showcase for independent comics and crafts, returns October 13-14 to the Concourse Exhibition Center (located at 635 8th Street). CCA is proud to take part in the event, where we will be promoting our newest graduate studies program -- the MFA in Comics!Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by Allison Byers
Fantagraphics Books and award-winning cartoonist Justin Hall have produced a definitive collection of the greatest LGBT comics created over the last four decades.
Out superheroes such as Northstar, Batwoman, and Green Lantern’s Alan Scott weren’t always a part of the landscape of comic book characters. Not so long ago even acknowledging the LGBT community was forbidden in the conventional world of comics. That didn’t stop queer cartooning and characters from existing, though.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 by Rachel Walther
Matt Silady loves teaching, storytelling, and drawing. And as CCA's unofficial "Professor of Comics," he gets to do all three every day. Silady's passion for his job is infectious. It is truly a calling, and it explains why every fall and spring semester course he's ever taught as part of both the college's undergraduate Writing and Literature Program and the MFA Program in Writing has been full to capacity.
"Any day that I can spread the word and show people what comics can do, it's a good day," admits Silady, whose plans are afoot to greatly expand CCA's graduate and undergrad comics curriculum to offer more opportunities to students interested in graphic storytelling.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook
Equal of the Sun
Hardcover, 448 pages, $26
Legendary women -- from Anne Boleyn to Queen Elizabeth I to Mary, Queen of Scots -- changed the course of history in the royal courts of 16th-century England. They are celebrated in history books and novels, but few know of the powerful women in the Muslim world, who formed alliances, served as key advisers to rulers, lobbied for power on behalf of their sons, and ruled in their own right. Equal of the Sun, a novel by Anita Amirrezvani (Writing faculty) is a tale of power, loyalty, and love in the royal court of Iran.
Her protagonist is Princess Pari Khan Khanoom Safavi. Iran in 1576 is a place of wealth and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah’s daughter, knows more about the inner workings of the state than almost anyone, but the princess’s maneuvers to instill order after her father’s sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her closest adviser, Javaher, a eunuch able to navigate the harem as well as the world beyond the palace walls, are in possession of an incredible tapestry of secrets and information that reveals a power struggle of epic proportions.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by Rachel Walther
When CCA alumni (and married couple) Kevin Krueger and Kristin Olson (both Individualized Major 2011) were looking around the Bay Area for an affordable studio the year after graduation, they found their dream space at 1158 Howard Street in San Francisco, formerly the home of leather bondage shop Stormy Leather.
There was just one problem: With its multiple ground floor rooms, basement areas, and loft, it was simply too large for their needs. "We didn't know what to do at first with that much space," remembers Krueger. But then the answer presented itself: They opened up their more-than-enough studio to a larger community of friends and colleagues. Staring in January 2012, the newly named Alter Space began hosting a series of exhibitions, workshops, and live performances.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Jim Norrena
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Jim Norrena
CCA's MFA Program in Writing and the Center for Art and Public Life launched a pilot course in the spring, called ENGAGE: Teaching Creative Writing. The course marks the first partnership between the graduate Writing Program and Oakland School for the Arts (OSA), an urban, public charter school housed within the Fox Theatre's administrative offices in downtown Oakland.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook
Signal to Noise
The Foundry: A Literary Collective, 2011
Paperback, 268 pages, $12.75
Postmodernism meets music mash-up, remixing, and collage in this late-1980s coming-of-age story, a much-reworked version of author Jonathan Lyons's (Writing 2005) thesis project. It is an alt-underground music extravaganza that repeatedly breaks the traditional form of the novel. As Connor submerges into the underground music scene, he is enthralled by an industrial/hardcore music legend who goes by the handle "The Siren." Their otherworldly commingling alters them, a physical transmogrification that takes hold whenever they are intimate. Music is woven into the text, as lyrics interplay with the storyline in this hybrid of fabulism, alternative and industrial music, and fiction, a tour of the underground music scene of the mid- to late '80s in Iowa City and beyond. The publisher, the Foundry: A Literary Collective, is a small co-op press (started by Lyons) using CreateSpace for fulfillment and delivery of this, its first title. The book is a nominee for the Pushcart Press Editors Choice Book Award.Read the rest