Faculty News – October 2011

Faculty members Mike Davis and Susan Straight - as well as alumnae Victoria PattersonĀ and Rebecca O’Connor – all have pieces featured in the anthology New California Writing 2011.




Andrew Winer has an article titled How Are Tablets Changing the Way We Read and Write? on the Wall Street Journal’s arts and entertainment blog, Speakeasy.

Eric Barr’s short story Without A Leg to Stand On can be enjoyed in the current edition of Connotation Press.

Chuck Evered has completed filming of a A Thousand Cuts, a thriller co-written by Chuck, Eric Barr, and Marty James, with Robin Russin serving as a script consultant. A trailer will be posted here very soon.

Susan Straight writes about the Inland Empire in two recent essays on KCET: Agua Mansa: Californio Roots in the Inland Empire and Five Quarters of the Orange: A Sense of Place in the Inland Empire. Both essays feature photographs by Doug McCulloh.


Christopher Abani’s novel GraceLand is a recommended read in the article The Art of Travel-Inspired Novel Writing from Travel and Leisure.



Erith Jaffe-Berg’s essay, “Kinesthetics in Performance” has been accepted to the anthology, A New Aesthetics: Approaches to the Role of Art in the Future Present (Lexington Books). Erith has also published “Grammelot — Nonsense Language in Plurilinguistic Performative Contexts” in La terra di Babele. Saggi sul plurilinguismo nella cultura italiana (Legas, 2011).

Erith is currently performing in the world premiere production of What the Moon Saw, or ‘I only Appear to be Dead by Stephanie Fleischmann at the Son of Semele Ensemble in LA. The play re-imagines Hans Christian Andersen’s work in a post 9/11 world.

Erith continues to co-chair the Peace and Conflict Studies Minor, and this quarter she is at the Center for Ideas and Society in the group, “Legacies of the Mediterranean.”

Robin Russin served as Script Consultant on the feature film Divorce Invitation, which recently finished shooting in the Los Angeles area. Alumnus Bala Rajasekharuni was Screenwriter and Co-Producer. The film will be ready for world-wide release in 2012.

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