Fall Readings Series 

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.


Our Fall 2021 Season is here! Check out the flier with all the events, and the Zoom links listed below to register for the events.


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Acorn Review Reading:

Grossmont College’s own student-produced literary journal, Acorn Review, makes a triumphant return with another popular contributors' reading of original works from its latest issue. Readers will be presenting their original works of poetry, spoken word, and literary prose. Under the advisorship of instructor Julie Cardenas, the journal is edited and produced by students of English 145-148: Acorn Review, Editing and Production. 


Banned Books/Lives: Native Voices:

It is important to understand the history of our community and the land it resides on. As part of our ongoing effort to foster a stronger relationship between Grossmont College and its Indigenous community, this event celebrates native voices and the Kumeyaay land that Grossmont College thrives on. This event features Ral Christman, Sr. & Vanessa Christman.

An Evening with Paul Espinosa:

Award-winning filmmaker Paul Espinosa will discuss his feature-length film Singing Our Way to Freedom, a multi-layered portrait of San Diego musician, composer and community activist Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez. Attendees will have the opportunity to view a free screening of Espinosa's film prior to his talk.

We recommend you watch the film no later than 5 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 4th, in preparation for Paul Espinosa's talk at 7:00 p.m. (the time you should join this Zoom).


Lester Bangs Memorial Reading: Jessica Hopper:

Jessica Hopper is a music critic, producer and author based in Chicago. In a career spanning more than twenty years, Hopper has earned acclaim as a provocative, fearless music journalist. She has written for GQ, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Elle, and Bookforum. She is the author of The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic and the 2018 music memoir Night Moves. Hopper’s forthcoming books, No God But Herself: How Women Changed Music in 1975 (2023) and a revised and expanded second edition of The First Collection (July 2021), are both due from MCD/Farrar Straus & Giroux.


Poet & Memoirist  Ross Gay:

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Be Holding, was released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019. He teaches at Indiana University. 

New Voices:

In this crowd-pleasing final event of the 2021 Fall Readings Series, the semester’s most talented students from the Creative Writing Program courses perform their original works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, and hybrid forms. Invited exclusively by this semester’s instructors of creative writing classes and workshops.



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