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Gary Phillips    

CSULA alumnus Gary Phillips is an author of mysteries and crime dramas whose credits include seven comics, sixteen novels, and forty short stories. Phillips began writing his famed Ivan Monk series with Violent Spring (1994). Phillips' Ivan Monk has appeared in four novels and one short story collection, Monkology (2011). He introduced his second series character, Martha Chainey, in 2000 with his novel High Hand. His recent work includes the short story collection Astonishing Heroes: Shades of Justice (2014), which introduces new pulp-style superheroes such as Onyx Adams and American Black.



Dr. Ann Garry

Dr. Ann Garry is Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Philosophy department at California State University Los Angeles. She earned her B.A. from Monmouth College in 1965, and went on to complete her Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Maryland. Dr. Garry’s career at CSULA began in 1969, and has included an Outstanding Professor Award in 1991, the President’s Distinguished Professor Award in 2000, and a Distinguished Woman Award in 2002.

Dr. Garry founded the CSULA Center for the Study of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, and developed the minor in Women’s and Gender Studies that is now growing into its own major. Her work in feminist philosophy earned her an international reputation, with her co-edited anthology Women, Knowledge, and Reality serving as a standard text in the field for over two decades. In addition to her many articles, Dr. Garry co-edited a special issue of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy in 2011 on “Transgender Studies and Feminism.” Garry retired in the fall of 2011, but is still active in her field between her trips around the world. 


Daniel Knauf (1982)

Daniel Knauf graduated in with a B.A. in English from California State University Los Angeles in 1982. Knauf is a screenwriter, comic book writer, director, and producer who has been working regularly in the industry since the mid-1990s. Knauf is the acclaimed creator of the HBO series Carnivàle (2003-2005) . He co-wrote several issues of Iron Man for Marvel Comics in the mid-2000s, and has most recently served as an executive producer and screenwriter for NBC’s Dracula and The Blacklist.



Carolyn See

Carolyn See completed her M.A. in English at California State University Los Angeles. See is the author of over a dozen books, including nine novels. She completed her Ph.D. at UCLA, and taught English as a professor at Loyola Marymount for over a decade before returning to UCLA.

See wrote her first book, The Rest Is Done with Mirrors, in 1970, and subsequently went on to write eight more solo novels, including the critically acclaimed science fiction novel Golden Days (1986). She co-authored three additional novels under the pen name Monica Highland. She is now an emirita professor in the English and Humanities Departments at the UCLA and a book reviewer for The Washington PostSees’ accolades include a Robert Kirsch Body of Work Award (1993) and a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction.





Bill Teitelbaum (1977)

Bill Teitelbaum received a B.A. in Advertising Design from Cal State Los Angeles in 1977. Teitelbaum is a cartoonist, entrepreneur, producer, professor, and former executive vice president with CBS/Kingworld TV in merchandising and licensing.

Teitelbaum is an acclaimed cartoonist, producing Bottomliners, a twenty-year-old syndicated comic, with his brother Eric. The brothers created the Pink Panther cartoon strip, used in various newspaper publications. Teitelbaum is the co-founder of Idea Force, which licensed, manufactured and marketed properties such as Power Rangers, X-Men and Spider-Man. He is an exclusive US representative for Chinese Education Television (CETV). Teitelbaum has been President of the California Design Institute since 2009, and President of Pure California Beverages since 2011. Teitelbaum retains a legacy of successful business acumen, which he brings to his current positions as adjunct professor at California State University Los Angeles and Special Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Letters.

His credits include a Distinguished Alumnus award from the College of Arts and Letters, which was awarded during the 36th Alumni Awards Gala (2010) alongside his brother Eric. He also received a Master of Creativity Award from the Chinese Ministry of Education in Beijing.


Bill (Left) and Eric (Right)              

Sesshu Foster

Cal State LA alumnus Sesshu Foster is an educator, author, and poet. Foster has written five books, two of which are set in Los Angeles: Atomik Aztex (2005) and World Ball Notebook (2008). His poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and journals.

Fosters credits include an American Book Award for Invocation LA: Urban Multicultural Poetry (1990), a Believer Book Award for Atomik Aztex (2005), a 2009 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry for World Ball Notebook, and a 2010 American Book Award for World Ball Notebook. Foster was a writer in residence at Cal State Los Angeles in 2009, and continues writing and teaching in the Los Angeles area. 

Tetsuji Aono (2001)

Tetsuji Aono received his M.F.A. in Art with an option in Studio Art, completing this degree at California State University Los Angeles in 2001. Aono came from Otis College of Art and Design, where he received his B.F.A. in 1996.

Aono is an artist and ceramist who made his debut in the 1990s. In 1998, he held an exhibition for The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and the Baker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. In 2001 he exhibited TETSUJI ROCKS & MAKEITDONALDS at the Fine Arts Gallery at Cal State Los Angeles. From 1998 until 2005 Aono taught ceramics at Cal State Los Angeles. Aono currently teach ceramics in the Los Angeles Community College District. 



Alan Arkin (1953)

Alan Arkin (class of 1953) majored in Acting when Cal State Los Angeles was sharing its campus with Los Angeles City College. He is a highly regarded actor, comedian, director, musician, and singer whose acting and other film projects are still going strong.

After his time at Cal State L.A., Arkin and his band The Tarriers wrote and did a rendition of the “Banana Boat Song,” which  ranked #4 on the top 100 Billboard chart in 1956. In the early 1960s, Arkin was also a member of “The Second City” comedy troupe and in the 1970-1971 season of Sesame Street, Arkin and his then wife had recurring roles on the show. In addition to his music, stage, and television work, Arkin has become widely known and respected for starring in such films as The Russians are Coming the Russians are Coming (1966), Inspector Clouseau (1968), Catch-22 (1970), The In-Laws (1979), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Gattaca (1997), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and Argo (2012).

Arkin’s impressive accolades include a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966), A National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor for Catch-22 (1970), and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Little Miss Sunshine (2006).




Barry Gordon (1983)

Barry Gordon earned his B.A. in Political Science from Cal State Los Angeles in 1983, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He is also an American television, film, voice actor, producer, and political talk show host. He currently teaches political science and media law at Cal State L.A.

After graduating from Cal State L.A., Gordon received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in 1991. A veteran of many American media, Gordon’s early credits in television acting ranged from The Jackie Gleason Show, The Jack Benny Program, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He was in the Broadway and film version of A Thousand Clowns, and acted in iconic television shows such as Archie Bunker’s Place, The Incredible Hulk, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also has a long and distinguished career as a voice actor, which includes serving as the voice of Donatello on the world-famous cartoon The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 1987-1996. In addition to a successful acting career, Gordon has also hosted several radio talk-shows including “Left Talk” and “Barry Gordon From Left Field,” which featured guests ranging from senators and congressmen to best-selling authors and entertainment figures.

In 1955 Gordon's recording of “Nuttin for Christmas” made #6 on the pre-Billboard top 100 chart, and it was the first time a young performer ever accomplished. At age thirteen Gordon’s performance in A Thousand Clowns earned him a Tony nomination.



Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski was a legendary author and poet who left a unique mark on American literature. Bukowski was born in Germany and lived in Maryland before moving to Los Angeles with his family in the 1930s. Bukowski attended college in Los Angeles where he studied art, journalism, and literature. Though he moved back east to begin his writing career, his came back to Los Angeles and worked a string of jobs while writing sporadically, drawing inspiration from the various working-class and rich people he met and the mix of cultures he experienced.

In 1967, Bukowski wrote the column "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" for Los Angeles' Open City, an underground newspaper, which earned him a file with the FBI. Time Magazine called him the "laureate of American lowlife" in 1986, acknowledging the popularity of Bukowski’s extensive publications in small literary magazines and with small presses that began in the early 1940s and continued on through the early 1990s. Bukowski’s published books include Post Office (1971), Factorum (1975), Women (1978), Ham on Rye (1982), Hollywood (1989), and Pulp (1994).


Douglas Woodfull-Harris


Douglas Woodfull-Harris is an alumnus from Cal State L.A. who majored in music composition and musicology. Harris is an editor for Barenreiter Editions based in Germany.


Since his time from Cal State Los Angeles he has worked with renowned musicologists and performers such as Christopher Hogwood, Jonathan Del Mar, Andrew Manze, Larry Todd, Clive Brown, Robert Levin, Steven Isserlis and Anner Bylsma.


As the editor for Barenreiter Editions he has had an influential role in publishing over 20 books of music including Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies edited by Jonathan Del Mar and Seven Great Mendelssohn Overtures edited by Christopher Hogwood.


Henri Coulette (1952)

Henri Coulette (class of 1952) was an American educator, valued scholar, and nationally recognized poet.

After graduating from Cal State LA, Coulette earned a doctorate at the University of Iowa. In 1959, Coulette returned to California State University Los Angeles, to become a member of the English department. His first book of verse, The War of the Secret Agents (1965), won critical acclaim and brought him the James D. Phelan Foundation Award—given each year to a California artist—and the Lamont Poetry Prize for the best first volume of poetry published in America. His second collection, The Family Goldschmitt, was published in 1971.


John Divola (1974)

John Divola (class of 1974) earned his M.F.A. in Art at Cal State Los Angeles, and is a world renowned contemporary visual artist who currently teaches in the art department at UC Riverside.

Since his time at Cal State L.A. Divola, has held residencies at many institutions including California Institute of the Arts. His work has also been featured in many solo exhibitions across United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. In 1978, 1989, and 2000 Divolas' art was featured in the Museum of Modern Art group exhibitions and in 1981 his art was featured in Whitney Biennial exhibition .

Some of the awards Divola has received include Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1973, 1976, 1979, 1990. He also had a Guggenhein Memorial Fellowship in 1986. Divola also has four published books including: Continuity, Isolated Houses, Dogs Chasing My Car In The Desert, and Three Acts.

Luis Rodriguez (1973)

Luis J. Rodriguez (class of 1973) is a columnist, novelist, journalist, and is the 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate. Rodriguez continues to be active in the Chicano movement and continues writing.

After graduating from Cal State L.A., Rodriguez felt a sense of indebtedness to those who had helped him and he decided to leave the gang life and dedicate himself to community organizing.  Rodriguez also focused on political study and organization, including running for Los Angeles School Board in 1977. In addition, he worked as a bus driver, truck driver, in construction, a paper mill, a lead foundry, a chemical refinery, and a steel mill, learning the millwright trade, carpentry, maintenance mechanics, and welding. At the same time, Luis helped with various gang peace truces and urban peace efforts throughout the L.A. area. In Chicago, he was editor of the People's Tribune in 1985. Rodriguez became active in the Chicago poetry scene, and founded Tia Chucha Press and published its first book  Poems Across the Pavement.  In 2005, he brought Tia Chucha Press, now a renown small press with more than 50 books of cross-cultural poets, to Los Angeles.

Rodriguez' credits include, My Nature is Hunger: New & Selected Poems, 1989-2004 , winner of a 2006 Paterson Poetry Book Prize. He also received the Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature in 1998. Rodriguez has published 15 books, including four poetry collections.

Malcolm McClain

Malcolm McClain was an Artist, Poet, and Professor at California State University Los Angeles. McClain dedicated over sixty years to the arts, ceramics and poetry, until his death in May 2012.

McClain taught at Cal State Los Angeles from 1965 to 1988. He was the Art Department Chair at Cal State Los Angeles from 1985-1988. A scholarship, “The Mac McClain Scholarship for Sculpture” was created at Cal State Los Angeles in his honor. He was involved with both the Los Angeles art and literary scenes.  

McClain’s credits include Some Kind of Happiness (1995).