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Daniela Sow |°| Karl Sherlock
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About the Literary Arts Festival

Daniela Sow, Literary Arts Festival Organizer
Karl Sherlock, LAF Art Designer/Webmaster

An annual tradition since 1996, the spring LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL brings a diverse range of living, established and respected authors from around the country. The experience of writers who read their work, teach their craft, and discuss their sources of inspiration, proves the power and relevance of contemporary literature. Always free of charge.

The LAF brings to the campus, as well as the community, the experience of live readings, book signings, lectures, workshops, master classes, and craft talks, but it also provides students rare opportunities to showcase their own original writing in student readings, writing competitions, and other special literary projects sponsored by the Creative Writing Program of Grossmont College. Student Readings, Workshops, Drama Writers' Showcase, Open Mic performances, and other events originating from our campus and community are featured alongside celebrated and award-winning guest writers, including

Duff Brenna

Cathy Spagnoli

Lidia Yuknavitch

Paula Gunn Allen

Steve Kowit

Judy Reeves

Marilyn Chin

Lizzie Wann

Taco Shop Poets

James Brown

Nick Flynn

Aimee Bender

Victor E. Villaseñor

Kim Addonizio

Anthony Swofford

Jimmy Santiago Baca

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

Brandon Cesmat

Ella de Castro Baron

Matt de la Peña

Gary McDowell

Marge Piercy

Roger Bonair-Agard

Dorothy Allison

Sandra Cisneros

Tim O'Brien

William Nericcio

Dunya Mikhail

Tobias Wollf

Nayomi Munaweera

Luis J. Rodriguez

Jennifer Knox

Ken White

Roxane Gay

Brian Turner

Tod Goldberg

David T. Martinez

Natalie Diaz

Luis Alberto Urrea

Jim Ruland

Ada Limón

Kazim Ali


All Literary Arts Festival events are free of charge and open to members of the general public. (Campus parking regulations apply; see Directions and Campus Info for further details.)


Subject Matter and Event Etiquette

Guest readers and presenters at our literary events are neither censored for language nor edited for the content of their readings, which may at times be considered suited for mature audiences only. Visitors who attend with young children, or who may be sensitive to such language and topics, are urged to research the writers in advance using the event pages on this website, which provide bios, bibliographies, selected media, and links to sample works and reviews. Select a Festival date from the menu at left to find out more about our featured guests and events.

Event Etiquette PDF brochure downloadWhether you're an off-campus visitor or you're a student, if this is your first time attending a literary event, we're excited to initiate you to the inspiring experience of hearing live performances of literature. Just as with live theater, attending public literary performances comes with practical rules of etiquette that make the experience as enjoyable for all as it is rewarding. Our PDF brochure about literary event etiquette, Protocols For Literary Events, will help to clarify the dos and don'ts of attending a live literary performance. Feel free to click the icon at right to download it.

Last Updated: 03/29/2019


Daniela Sow |°| Karl Sherlock
CWP Co-Coordinators
Email: |°|

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