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Tuesday, April 27

11AM – 12:15PM

playwright, actor, director MATTHEW SALAZAR-THOMPSON

 photo image © Matt Thompson

Matthew Salazar-Thompson

The 25th Anniversary Literary Arts Festival proudly welcomes stage actor, director, lecturer, and prolific playwright, Matthew Salazar-Thompson, delivering the LAF’s first scripted reading by a published playwright since 2003. And not a minute too soon!


Matt Thompson is the author dozens of one-act and full-length plays over his career, many of which are published and distributed through Dramatic Publishing, Heuer Publishing, Eldridge Publishing, Brooklyn Publishing, and Norman Maine Publishing. As a director, Thompson has directed for The La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Repertory Theatre and many other theatres in the San Diego Area.  As a playwright, he is frequently commissioned by local playhouses, including The San Diego Repertory Theatre (Star Crossed), North Coast Repertory Theatre (Ted Williams: A Tip of the Cap, Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem!), Compass Theatre (9066, The 146 Point Flame), New Fortune Theatre (Cellar Door, Switching Tracks), Coronado Playhouse (If the Shoe Fits, A Roman Holiday), The Road Theatre (Who's on Alpha?), and Point Loma Playhouse (The Complete History of Theatre [abridged], and A Christmas Carol: The Classic Radio Drama). His play, Who's Afraid of Me, Myself and Edward Albee? was conceived of and mentored by Edward Albee, himself, and was later adapted to film by Aquanaught Productions. 


In 2016 Mr. Thompson collaborated with La Mama Experimental Theatre Group in Umbria, Italy with resident master playwright Mac Wellman in the development of his comedy The Complete History of Theatre (abridged) and the revision of The 146 Point Flame, name-checked by Southern Theatre Magazine as one of the top ten plays to produce on the social topic of immigration. He also worked with Wellman in the development of Switching Tracks, a top five finalist for the Detroit New Works Festival in 2017, the Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival 2018, and North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Playwriting Showcase.  His play, Señorita Julia, a modern adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, was produced by Pacific Playwrights Conference of San Diego in 2018 and as a staged reading at The Roustabouts Theatre in March 2020. His short play, A Fare Ride, was adapted into a film through New York based Momi Films and is scheduled for several film festival premieres in 2020.


Thompson received his Master of Arts in Theatre from San Diego State University and his MFA in Creative Writing / Playwriting from UC Riverside. Former Artistic Director of Point Loma Playhouse and former Associate Artistic Director of North Coast Repertory Theatre, his acting chops include favorably reviewed performances at the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Lamb’s Player’s Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, and others. 


Matt Salazar Thompson has led Theatre courses at local area colleges and universities, including Grossmont College and San Diego City College.  Currently, he teaches in the Theatre and Film Department at San José State University.




  • Theatrical Paradigms of Narrative Theories and Social Justice.Theatrical Paradigms of Narrative Theories and Social Justice. Matthew Salazar-Thompson, 2019.
  • The Collected Stories of the Octopus Knight. Matthew Salazar-Thompson/ Benthic Books, 2017. 
  • The Visions of Acting. Matthew Salazar-Thompson, 2017.



Complete History of Theatre (abridged) Who's Afraid of Me Myself and Edward Albee? A Roman Holiday The Audition 146 Point Flame If the Shoe Fits 

  • The 146 Point Flame. Dramatic Publishing, 2017.
  • The Audition. Dramatic Publishing, 2005.
  • The Complete History of Theatre (abridged). Full-Length Play, Dramatic Publishing 2016; One-Act, Dramatic Publishing, 2018.
  • If the Shoe Fits. Dramatic Publishing, 2005.
  • A Roman Holiday. Norman Maine Publishing, 2010.
  • Señorita Julia (2018) 
  • Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol. Eldridge Publishing, 2013.


  • 9066 (commissioned 2007)
  • Articles of Freedom 
  • Cellar Door (commissioned 2014)
  • A Christmas Carol: The Classic Radio Drama (commissioned 2015)
  • Hemingway's Rose (commissioned 2006; semi-finalist for Best New Play, Actor's Alliance Festival, 2007)
  • Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem! (commissioned 2009)
  • Opera of the Oasis (commissioned 2007)
  • Selective Hearing (2010)
  • Star Crossed (commissioned 2009)
  • Sweet Rose of Tokyo (2008)
  • Switching Tracks (commissioned 2015; Semi-finalist, Detroit New Play Festival in 2017)
  • Ted Williams: A Tip of the Cap (commissioned 2010)
  • Who's Afraid of Me Myself and Edward Albee? (FringeNY Festival 2013) 
  • Wondering Jew, The (2008; co-winner Lipinisky Jewish Arts Festival 2008: Best New Play)


  • with Linda Sherry Thompson. Beatrice the Butterfly. (Green Room Press 2009/Heuer 2011)
  • with Mike McCafferty. Who’s on Alpha? (written 1998)
  • with Theodore Reis. My Big Fat Greek Divorce (2008)
  • with Ted Reis. My Life as a Geek (commissioned 2007)
  • with Sunny Smith. The Triangle Tragedy (2007; Winner of Best New Short Play - Resilience of the Spirit Festival 2007)





Tuesday, April 27, 2021


2:00 – 3:15 PM

LILY HOANG avant-garde poet, essayist, fairytale writer

WACC logoThis event is supported in part by a grant it has received from WACC, the World Arts and Cultures Committee of Grossmont College.

 photo image © Lily Hoang

photo image © Lily HoangLily Hoang is the author of five books, including A Bestiary (finalist for a PEN/USA Award in Creative Non-Fiction) and Changing (recipient of a PEN/Open Books Award). A Spanish translation of A Bestiary received a national translation grant in Chile (forthcoming 2022). Her novel Underneath won the Red Hen Press Award for Fiction and is forthcoming in 2021. With Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she co-edited the anthology The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde.


In 2017, Hoang was a Mellon Scholar in Residence at Rhodes University in South Africa, and in 2019, she was a Distinguished Scholar at Wuhan University in China. She has taught creative writing on five continents. She is a board member for Jaded Ibis Press, an independent press focused on BIPOC writers, and is on the Literary Awards Committee for the PEN Foundation. She is currently the Director of the MFA in Writing and an Associate Professor of Literature at UC San Diego. 






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. 
  • "Talking Asian Identity and Gender Roles with Author Lily Hoang, A Bestiary. Chopsticks Alley (Podcast) Ep. 17 (10 April 2018).



Tuesday, April 27, 2021


7:00 – 8:15 PM

NEW VOICES a student reading

New Voices Student ReadingExceptional writers from this semester's creative writing classes and workshops come together to perform some of their best new and original works of fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, drama, spoken word, mixed media word art, and other hybrid and innovative forms.


This semesterly event is a crowd favorite for Grossmont faculty and students, alike, and is a tradition dating back almost all the way to the beginnings of Grossmont College, itself. Each semester, our Creative Writing Program faculty select students from their courses who have composed stand-out original works, and invite them to participate in an evening of readings. Students typically invite family members, friends, instructors and peers, making it one of the more popular literary events on campus. The event features a New Voices booklet containing the printed versions of their works that allows audiences to read along if they like, and gives participating students a keepsake of the evening.


Acorn Review Literary JournalStudents selected for inclusion in the New Voices program are also given priority consideration for the campus literary journal, Acorn Review, which is edited and produced by students under the advisorship of Creative Writing Program faculty member, Julie Cardenas. The latest issue of Acorn Review is currently available from the Grossmont College Barnes and Noble bookstore.

Acorn Review 2019-2020

For additional info, contact julie.cardenas@gcccd.edu


 Chest-O-Drawers Press




Tuesday, April 27, 2021