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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. 


2013 Bonnie ZoBell portraitWednesday, September 25

Flash Fiction Mob: Bonnie ZoBell

7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Griffin Gate
Whack-Job-Girls book coverJoin local author Bonnie ZoBell and the winners of the Creative Writing Program’s Flash Fiction Contest for a night of blazing awesomeness. ZoBell, an English Professor at San Diego Mesa College, will read from her award winning chapbook, The Whack-Job Girls & Other Stories. Steve Almond calls ZoBell “a writer with a sharp eye, a sharper tongue, and a reckless heart.”


Thursday, September 26

Celebration of Banned Books Reading

7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Griffin Gate

2013 Banned Books program2013 Joe Medina portrait

Joe Medina of the Grossmont College English Department returns for another subversive uncensored evening and flaming good time. The event is part of the national education campaign commemorating National Banned Books Week.  


Contact Prof. Joe Medina for more info: joe.medina@gcccd.edu


Tuesday, October 22

World Premiere

Box Full of Rocks posterRaul SandelinA Box Full of Rocks: The El Cajon Years of Lester Bangs

7pm, Room 26-220 

See where the infamous rock critic’s legend began in the feature-length documentary produced and directed by Raul Sandelin (Grossmont College English instructor and music journalist for the San Diego Troubadour), with assistance from the Grossmont College Media Communications Department and the Creative Writing Program.



Living with Noise book coverThursday, November 14


an Evening with poet Joseph Voth

7:00pm Griffin Gate

2013 poet Joseph VothJoseph Voth, recipient of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, has recently returned to California from New York City. Living With Noise is his first critically acclaimed collection of poetry.  Alan Kaufman, editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, praises Voth’s collection as offering “flawlessly precise evocations” and “elegiac and elegant turns of phrase.”


2013 Fall New Voices program coverMonday, December 2

New Voices: A Student Reading

7:00pm, Griffin Gate

In a traditional end-of-semester tribute to its rising stars, the Grossmont College Creative Writing Program rounds out the Fall 2013 semester with a reading and performance of original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and other unique forms of literary and spoken word art.


This semester's student readers include

Melissa Wimbs

Mark Reilly

Edgar Acosta

Alexander Tagnani

Harry Cope

Chelsea Hosskison

Jennifer Griffith

Tawnie Ashley

Jennifer Forte

Allie Gove

Kaleb Cook

Evvan Burke

Lynn Ferguson-Weinert

Barbara Carlton