2005 FRS banner

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 29

Celebration of Banned Books Reading

7:00 - 9:00 PM, Griffin Gate

2005 Banned Books poster

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:

  • Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass
  • Jack Kerouac's On the Road
  • Vagina Monologues
  • Alice Walker's The Color Purple
  • Edward Lee Compton's Milton and Sex
  • Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita
  • The poetry of Sappho
  • Judy Blume's Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret
  • Public Enemy


FRS 2005 Tequila, Lemon, and Salt book coverWednesday, October 26

author Daniel Reveles

12:30 - 1:30 PM, Room 220

2005 FRS Daniel RevelesThe English Department's Joe Medina hosts a reading and book signing by the author of novels Enchiladas, Rice and Beans, Salsa and Chips, and Tequila, Lemon and Salt, the recipient of the Ted Geisel Literary Award for Best Fiction of 2005. Sponsored by Puente Project and the ASGC, Inc.  Free admission; public welcome. 


2005 Fall New Voices program coverTuesday, November 15

Student Reading

7 - 9 PM, Griffin Gate 
The Grossmont College Creative Writing Program presents an evening of original student-written fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, scripted drama, and novel excerpts.   This semester's student readers include Michelle Ojeda, Jill Marchland, Emily Freeman, Daniel Reifers, Branden Larkin, Lee Ben-Yehuda, Peter Quiroz, Tony Lawrence, Janet Herring, Laura Clayton, David Peyton, Cassandra Long, and Leah Brucker.




2005 FRS As a Fountain In a Garden book cover

Tuesday, February 21, 2006*

playwright and poet Kamal Kapur

3:00 Room 575
Kamla Kapur (a.k.a., Kamal Kapur) is a retired faculty member of the Grossmont College Creative Writing Program.  She has published two critically acclaimed books of poetry, including As A Fountain In A Garden (Tarang Press, 2005) and Radha Sings (Rolling Drum and Dark Child Press, USA, 1987). 


2005-2006 author Kamal Kapur portrait

Kapur is also published in journals such as Journal of Literature and Aesthetics, as well as anthologized in Our Feet Walk The Sky (Aunt Lute Press, Berkeley, California, USA). 


*This early spring event is included among the Fall Readings Series as a courtesy to the author; it was scheduled as a separate reading before the spring Literary Arts Festival, held at the end of April each year.