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Our Mission Statement

The faculty of the Grossmont College English Department endeavor to advance the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills of students so that they may appreciate a variety of cultural perspectives and participate autonomously and successfully in academic, artistic, civic, vocational, and/or professional communities. 

Fall 2020 Department-Chair Office Hours

During the Fall 2020 semester, you can drop into our Chairs' Office Hours: Zoom ID 861830037, or call 669 900 6833.

  • Monday: 9:30am to 10:30am
  • Tuesday: 3pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday: 2pm to 3pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am to 10:30am
  • Other times by appointment. 



Cindi Harris - cindi.harris@gcccd.edu

Tate Hurvitz - tate.hurvitz@gcccd.edu


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The annual Fall Reading Series presents a season of events celebrating literature, showcasing award-winning authors, and honoring the inspiration to write. Events are sponsored by the English Department and Creative Writing Program of Grossmont College, as well as a variety of other campus agencies and programs. Please register to Join us for our next virtual event on....


Wednesday, October 28, 2-3:15pm

Lester Bangs Memorial Reading presents


reading from his new novel, The Falling Woman

Register at tinyurl.com/y5gzulz4.


The Falling Woman book coverWe're extremely proud to have Grossmont College's own Novel Writing instructor, Rich Farrell, celebrate the launch of his debut novel, The Falling Woman (Algonquin Books 2020). Selected by the American Booksellers Association as an "Indies Introduce" book for Winter/Spring 2020, Farrell's novel tells the story of a lone survivor of a deadly plane crash and the investigation into its mysterious causes. Bridget Thoreson of Booklist calls The Falling Woman, “An intriguing story given weight by its examination of what it means to be faithful.” Paul Dinh-McCrillis of Bookshelf describes it as a "mind-rattling debut mystery ... Page after page, Farrell builds confusion and frustration into an incendiary debate between belief in the miraculous and the basic laws of physics." 


Rich FarrellRich Farrell is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In addition to leading workshops on narrative for San Diego Writers, Ink, he is the Creative Non-Fiction Editor at upstreet and a Senior Editor at Numéro Cinq. His work, including fiction, memoir, essays, interviews and book reviews, has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Potomac Review, Hunger Mountain, New Plains Review, Descant, Contrary, Newfound, and others.


To find out more about Farrell and The Falling Woman, visit his official author website atrichardfarrell.net/the-falling-woman.