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The annual Fall Reading Series (a.k.a., Fall Authors 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. 


Thursday, September 30

Celebration of Banned Books Reading

7:30 - 9:30 PM, Griffin Gate

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Hosted by the English Department's own Joe Medina, this annual reading during National Banned Books Week celebrates not only gifted authors whose genius has enriched our literary lives, but also the right to enjoy their “controversial literature.” This year’s faculty and student presenters discuss the following:

  • Rodolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima

  • Vladamir Nabokov's Lolita

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

  • S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders

  • Allen Ginsberg's Howl

  • David Sedaris's Me Talk Pretty One Day

  • Alice Walker's The Color Purple

  • James Branch Cabell's Jurgen

  • Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

  • William Golding's Lord Of the Flies

  • J.D. Salinger's Catcher In the Rye

  • Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men


2004 Fall Student Reading program coverMonday, November 15

Student Prose and Poetry Reading

7 PM, Griffin Gate
The fall edition of the biannual student showcase of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and other word art.  This semester's student readers include

  • Kelsey McCune: "I Was Not Going To Write about My Mom Today" (Poetry)

  • Patrick Long: "Green" (Creative Nonfiction)

  • Terry Roberts: "Rat-a-tat-tat" (Short Story)

  • Antonio Appling: (Poetry)

  • Kathryn Rodriguez: "How To Create a Comedic Piece about Your Family" (Nonfiction)

  • James Rodey: (Poetry)

  • Traci N. Castleberry: (Novel Chapter)

  • William Roetzheim: (Poetry)

  • James Thomas: "The Depot" (Creative Nonfiction)

  • Jackleen Holton: (Poetry)

  • Kelly Smith: (Poetry) and Antonio Appling talking after the reading.

  • Julie Shaffer: "How To Walk an Old Dog" and "Birdseed War" (Poetry)