Join us for a special evening as students from Otis College or Art and Design's MFA Writing Program share their poetry and prose.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nicole Bradford is a poet whose work seeks to discuss ideas around the societal fetishization, deconstruction, and policing of the black/brown female body. Her thesis work, tentatively titled shower talks, attempts to explore the/a female psyche as it reenters and recodifies past experiences with men, traumatic and not, sexual and not. She is a graduate of the creative writing undergraduate program at the University of Arizona, and plans to pursue her PhD in creative writing.

Heather John Fogarty has worked as a writer and editor for the past two decades, including as a senior editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine and as wine and spirits editor at Bon Appétit. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications such as Australian Vogue, Los Angeles Magazine, Marie Claire, and the New York Times, and has been featured on NPR. Heather grew up in the Napa Valley, and worked at local wineries after graduating from UC Davis. She recently completed her first novel, Safe House, and is an MFA candidate at Otis College of Art and Design. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. 

Newton Garner is an American poet, born on a Sunday.

Chenel King was born and raised in Walnut, California. King comes from a long line of storytellers and is obsessed with asking: why? Seeking to embody various voices throughout time, history, and space gives this writer the opportunity to provide perspective and bend and break held knowledge. King has a BA in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is an MFA Writing candidate at Otis College of Art and Design. 

Born and raised in urban Los Angeles, Angelina Sáenz is a poet whose work focuses on memory, mujeres, motherhood and cultural/linguistic unfolding. Her poems have appeared in Díalogo (the Journal for Latino Research at DePaul Univeristy), Split this Rock, and Out of Anonymity (The Journal of the UCLA Writing Project). A full-time public school teacher, Angelina is eternally inspired by the daily dynamics of family life, the classroom and her community.  She hosts the monthly reading series La Palabra in Highland Park.

Halley Sutton was born in Northern California, and spent most summers as a nomad in the less well-known cities of the midwest, writing letters to her favorite book characters. She currently lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time chasing cults and Hollywood noir trivia. She graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with her master’s in writing, where she completed her thesis, a novel entitled The Lady Upstairs. Her short fiction has appeared in Rose Red Review and Beyond Science Fiction. She is one of the fiction editors at Monday Night, a literary journal.

Brittany Ambree Williams aka B.A. Williams is a queer writer and performer from East Long Beach, California. She is an MFA candidate in Otis College of Art and Design’s Graduate Writing program. B.A. is currently writing a novel-length manuscript. When she isn't writing or performing she is developing a platform which seeks to uplift communities of color, redefine “otherness,” and distribute intersectionality with various modes of art. She co-curates and hosts un::fade::able - the requiem of Sandra Bland. Her poetry and prose focus on all things "other" with a heavy emphasis on Blackness, womanhood, and queerness. Her work has appeared in Contraposition Magazine and Rigorous Magazine.

Olivia Batker Pritzker hails from the east coast, where she received a BA in Psychology and Comparative Literature from Brandeis University. Her work explores relationships, storytelling and cautionary tales, the body, women’s identities, and the tradition of fairy tales as mutating reflections of our changing world. She is currently a second-year MFA candidate at Otis College of Art and Design, where she is at work on a collection of short fiction.  

Event date: 
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027