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Fall Readings Series

2016 Fall Readings Series

Banned Books/Banned Lives Reading

Thursday, September 24, 2 PM, Griffin Gate

Honoring National Banned Books Week, this year's Celebration of Banned Books reading moves to daytime and will spotlight novelist Matt de la Pena, author of Mexican White Boy (2008) and We Were Here (2009). His first novel published in 2005, Ball Don't Lie, was adapted in 2008 for film (starring Ludacris, Nick Canno, and Emilie de Ravin). Matt de la Pena is the first Latino to win the Newberry Prize in literature. 


Lester Bangs Memorial Reading: "Ticket To Write"
film screening (runtime: 100 m.) and discussion

Tuesday, October 25, 7 PM, Room 26-220

The 8th Annual Lester Bangs Memorial Reading will feature the launch of the new documentary film by Grossmont College English instructor, Raul Sandelin, Ticket to Write: The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism. Sandelin's film explores the origins and heyday of rock music journalism, 1966-1981, during which legendary music magazines like Rolling Stone and Creem were first published and rock writers like Lester Bangs, Hunter S. Thompson, Dave Marsh, and Jaan Uhelszki found notoriety. This film interviews over twenty-five period journalists.

A Grossmont College alumnus (1966-1968), Leslie Conway "Lester" Bangs has come to be recognized as “America’s Greatest Rock Critic.”  Considered one of the most influential voices in rock criticism, music critic Bangs is credited for coining the terms "punk" and "heavy metal."  The annual memorial reading celebrates his subversive spirit, his creativity, and his ability to continue to influence generations of writers.


poet Denise Benavides, launch party & reading

Thursday, November 17, 7 PM, Griffin Gate

Performance artist, educator, and queer Xicana poetDenise Benavides is a graduate of Grossmont Creative Writing Program. She received her MFA in Writing from Mills College in Oakland, California. Her book, Riot Girl, is newly released from Korima Press.  


New Voices: A Student Reading

Monday, December 05, 7 PM, Griffin Gate

The New Voices student reading pays its end-of-term tribute to this semester's rising stars of the Grossmont College Creative Writing Program, with a reading and performance of original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and other unique forms of literary and spoken word art. This popular event is always personal favorite for students and instructors.

Last Updated: 08/19/2016


Fall 2016 Banned Books/Banned Lives reading, Matt de la Pena 












 Fall 2016 poet Denise Bienvenidas

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