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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 25

Celebration of Banned Books Reading

7:00 - 9:00 PM, Griffin Gate

2008 Banned Books program

This annual event hosted by Joe Medina celebrates noted authors and our right to enjoy their “controversial literature.”   This year's presenters include

  • Nadra Hess-Farina, Librarian: A Librarian’s Perspective on Banned/Challenged Books
  • Michael Johnson, Writer: Lenny Bruce, Comedian
  • Malka Stover, G.C. Student:  Erica Jong, Fear of Flying
  • Adelle Schmitt, English Instructor: Alice Walker, “Am I Blue?”
  • Karl Sherlock, English Instructor: Animadversion-Anime, Manga and Censorship


Wednesday, September 5

poet Patricia Santana

7 PM, Griffin Gate
Ghosts of El Grullo cover2008 FRS Patricia Santana portraitPoet Patricia Santa reads from her new book, Ghosts Of El Grullo, the highly anticipated sequel to Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility,"  listed as one of the American Library Association's "Best Books for Young Adults" in 2003. In addition, the book was named San Diego Magazine’s 2003 Book Award winner in fiction. Santana is the winner of the 1999 Chicano/Latino Literary Contest. She currently teaches Spanish at Cuyamaca College.



Saturday, November 18



Saturday, November 18, 2008
9 AM - 5 PM, Griffin Gate
2008 Creative Write-a-Thon flierOur first biennial all-day writing marathon to raise funds for the Spring 2009 Literary Arts Festival (to feature the truly extraordinary Jimmy Santiago Baca), provides for participants raising a minimum of $50 in pledges a full-day of inspirational writing prompts and thrilling literary activities in the four genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction; publication in the 2008 Creative Write-a-thon Anthology; lunch & refreshments; tickets for the coolest raffle this side of I-5; an “I ROCKED THE PAGE” t-shirt; a laptop/notebook full of new work.


AND, for that motivated participant who raises the most money: lunch and manuscript review with the creative writing faculty member of your choice; dinner with Jimmy Santiago Baca; a subscription to Poets & Writers; and other surprises. Get your pledge on! 


2008 Fall New Voices program coverMonday, December 1

New Voices: A Student Reading

7:00 p.m. at Griffin Gate

The Creative Writing Program's finest students of the Fall 2008 semester take the podium for New Voices, an evening of original student-written fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, scripted drama, and novel excerpts.