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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 27

Celebration of Banned Books Reading

7:00 - 9:00 PM, Griffin Gate

2007 Banned Books program

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 include

  • Librarian Nadra Hess-Farina, A Librarian’s Perspective

  • English Instructor Tony Ding,  British Literature

  • USC Master’s Graduate Rocio Martinez: Sandra Cisneros’s, “One Holy Night” 

  • English Instructor Joan Ahrens: Children Lit: Susan Patron’s, The Higher Power of Lucky

  • Counselor and instructor Dr. Theresa Ford: Hip Music: Langston Hughes to Tupac Shakur


Tuesday, November 27

poet Eileen Myles

7:30 PM, Hyde Gallery

Painting by Billy Sullivan
Sorry, Tree book cover2008 FRS Eileen Myles painted portrait

UCSD Professor of Fiction Writing, Poetry Writing, Short Fiction, Poet's Novel, Writing between Genres, The Libretto, and Pathetic Literature....and probably America's best-known unofficial poet—Eileen Myles's latest book is Sorry, Tree, in which she describes "some nature" as well as the transmigration of souls from the east coast to the west. Bust Magazine calls Myles "the rock star of modern poetry" and Holland Cotter in The New York Times describes her as "a cult figure to a generation of post-punk females forming their own literary avant garde."


Eileen arrived in New York after college (U. Mass., Boston), gaining the friendship of Allen Ginsberg, working for poet James Schuyler, becoming a habitué of the household of Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley and generally being a notable part of the turbulent punk and art scene that animated Manhattan's East Village, giving her first reading at CBGB's in 1974. A virtuoso performer of her work—she's read and performed at colleges, performance spaces, and bookstores across North America as well as in Europe, Iceland, Ireland and Russia. She's published more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, articles, plays and libretti including Hell (an opera with composer Michael Webster, 2004). She blogs weekly on art at openfordesign.msn.com. Her website is www.eileenmyles.com.


2007 Fall New Voices program coverWednesday, November 14

New Voices: A Student Reading

7 - 9 PM, Griffin Gate 
An evening of original student-written fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, scripted drama, and novel excerpts. This semester's student writers included 

Josh Davis

Dane Peterson

Erika Harkonen

Julie Carver

Amber Baker

Gina E. Leenerts

Anthony Wilcox

Jessica Taylor

Mike Turner


Thursday, November 15

Literary Careers Night 

7 PM, Griffin Gate

2007 Literary Careers Night flier

Grossmont College English students Gabriel Thibodeau and Sara Mousavi host our first ever workshop about careers for students pursuing degrees in Literature and Creative Writing. Come meet successful community members who work in the literary field.  Learn their stories and listen to their advice.  Hear from professionals in journalism, fiction, and more.  Includes presentations, Q&A, and a Writing Contest!