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ROB ROBERGE novelist, musician, playwright, and memoirist 

photo image © Rob Roberge

Rob Roberge, author and memoiristFiction writer, memoirist, and indie-rock musician Rob Roberge presents a reading from Liar, a 2016 memoir about the mental illness, memory and storytelling written in nonlinear excerpts and vignettes: after learning he may have a progressive memory-eroding disease, Roberge attempts to preserve his identity by setting out to chronicle the most formative moments of his life, but the process of trying to remember his past only exposes just how fragile the stories that lay at the heart of our self-conception really are.


Lit Pub describes Liar as "a memoir full of puzzle pieces, with some of the pieces missing. It is through these holes, we find beauty in Roberge’s writing." The Los Angeles Review of Books praises Liar as "not a conventional memoir in that it plays with the territory between fiction and nonfiction. It’s not just that the author admits to the fictional self created out of substance abuse and blackouts…and perhaps it’s human nature, too, to create versions of ourselves with our stories. But in Liar, Roberge busts himself for doing so." Publisher’s Weekly calls Roberge’s Liar, "absorbing": "novelist Roberge… shifts among memories of his youth, drug-fueled episodes from his young adulthood, and recent relapses into addiction that threaten his marriage and his work as a college professor. Adding to that, he learns that he has a disease that erodes memory. The sense of urgency in Roberge’s writing is increased by his effective use of the second person…."


About the Author

Roberge is also the author of several novels, including The Cost of Living: A Novel, More Than They Could Chew, and Drive, as well as the story collection, Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life. His stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and his dramatic works have been staged in Southern California; his short film, Honest Pete, has shown at a number of festivals. His work has also appeared in the Alaska Quarterly ReviewThe Nervous Breakdown, Penthouse,  The Rumpus, and ZYZZYVA, and others. Currently, in addition to serving as a MFA faculty member at UCR/Palm Desert and advisor for the PEN Mark program, Roberge is a guitarist and vocalist with The Urinals, The Danbury Shakes, and The Violet Rays.




Liar: A Memoir. Crown, 2016. ISBN: 9780553448061

The Cost of Living. OV Books, 2013.
ISBN: 978-1938604294
The Cost of Living


Drive. Hollyridge Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-0984310043

More Than They Could Chew. 
William Morrow Paperbacks, 2005.

More Than They Could Chew Working Backwards From the Worst Moment of My Life

Working Backwards From the Worst Moment of My Life
Red Hen Press, 2010.
ISBN: 978-1597091657

Foreign Editions

A tout prix (The Cost of Living). Trans. by Nicolas Richard. 13e Note Editions, 2014. ISBN: 978-2363740618 A tout prix Menteur. Un mémoire Menteur. Un mémoire (Liar).Trans. by Nicolas Richard. Future Tense Books, 2019. ISBN: 978-1892061867
Panne sèche (More Than They Could Chew). Trans. by Nicolas Richard. Série noire, 2006. ISBN:978-2070776078 Panne sèche La Tête à l’envers, les Pieds au Mur

La Tête à l’envers, les Pieds au Mur (Working Backwards From The Worst Moment of My Life). Trans. by Nicolas Richard.13e Note Editions, 2012. ISBN: 978-2363740397





  • "#64: Roiling and Contentious - Feat. Rob Roberge (The Cost of Living), Recorded outside of The Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, May 2013." This Podcast Will Change Your Life. Runtime: 40.05.
  • LA Review of Books. "Rob Roberge, The Cost of Living." Interview. YouTube. Posted 24 June 2013. Runtime: 04:10.
  • The Rumpus. "On Hands and Knees (Rob Roberge), Lit Quake, October 13, 2012. YouTube. Posted 23 October 2012. Runtime: 11:23. 
  • Why There Are Words. "Rob Roberge Reads from Liar." YouTube. Runtime: 09:54.

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7-8:15 PM

poet, essayist, fairytale writer LILY HOANG

plus, winners of the LAF 24 Writing Contest

WACC logoThis event is made possible in part by the generosity of WACC, the World Arts and Cultures Committee of Grossmont College. 



photo image © Lily Hoang

Lily Hoang, essayist and fairytale writerLily Hoang is the author of five books of prose, including 2015 winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center's Non-Fiction Book Prize, A Bestiary. Darren Huang of Full Stop’s describes A Bestiary as "essays in the purest sense: untrammeled thought in full flight." Kenyon Review's Catherine Campbell praises A Bestiary as "a notable artistic leap while deftly navigating the boundaries between fact and fable. Thirteen linked essays explore the connections and gaps between familial identity, racial identity, feminism, addiction, friendship, memory, love, and reconciliation using pointillistic observations and fragmented narratives.... A Bestiary moves fluidly between memory, reflection, fable, and myth without batting an eye.…While exploring her evolving identity and internal/external challenges living as a second-generation Asian American, Hoang breaks up what could be a linear narrative into fragmented storylines throughout the collection."

About the Author

Hoang's first book, Parabola (2008), won the Chiasmus Press Un-Doing the Novel Contest. Her other novels include Changing (Fairy Tale Review Press 2008), which received a PEN Open Books Award, and The Evolutionary Revolution (Les Figues Press 2010).


In addition to teaching in the MFA program at New Mexico State U as Associate Department Head, Hoang is Editor of Jaded Ibis Press and Executive Editor of HTML Giant. She has also served as Prose Editor at Puerto del Sol and Non-Fiction Editor at Drunken Boat, and she has co-edited the anthology The Force of What's Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde. In 2017, she was Mellon Scholar in Residence at Rhodes University in South Africa. Currently, Lily Hoang is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies at Saint Mary's College in Indiana.





A BestiaryCleveland State University Poetry Center, 2016.  ISBN: 978-0996316743

A Bestiary Changing Changing. Fairy Tale Review Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0979995422
The Evolutionary Revolution. Les Figues Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-1934254141 The Evolutionary Revolution The Force of What’s Possible The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility & the Avant-Garde. Nightboat Books, 2014. ISBN: 978-1937658274

Invisible Women. Publishing Genius Press, 2015. eBook. 

Invisible Women. On the Geography of Relations: Two Essays. On the Geography of Relations: Two Essays. Instant Future (Future Tense Books, 2017. eBook.
Parabola. Widow and Orphan House, 2008. ISBN: 978-0998403755 Parabola Unfinished Unfinished: Stories Finished by. Jaded Ibis Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-1937543044





  • Interlochen Center for the Arts. "Lily Hoang, Author." Vimeo. Posted 25 July 2017. Runtime: 59:35. 
  • The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University. "Lily Hoang Reads 'On Measurement' [from A Bestiary].'" YouTube. Posted 14 April 2018. Runtime: 01:39. 
  • PEN America. "Lily Hoang Reads from Changing." YouTube. Posted 18 December 2009. Runtime: 10:00. 
  • Notre Dame Creative Writing. "Lily Hoang Reading [selections from A Bestiary] Nov 2, 2016." YouTube. Posted 3 November 2016. Runtime: 23:42. 
  • The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University. "Lily Hoang Reads 'On Violence' [from A Bestiary]." YouTube. Posted 14 April 2018. Runtime: 01:11. 


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