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For a quick summary of the kinds of literary events we offer, see below.  For details about speakers, scheduled events, dates, locations, and more, select a destination from the menu at left.
 

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What's the Fall Reading Series?

Also known as the "Fall Authors Series," the FRS presents a season of events celebrating literature and honoring the inspiration to write. In addition to reading and book-signings showcasing nationally recognized award-winning authors, annual events include the Celebration of Banned Books and Banned Persons (typically held during National Banned Books Week), the Lester Bangs Memorial Reading in October, and the end-of-semester New Voices student reading honoring the Program's stand-out student writers. Events are sponsored by the Creative Writing Program of Grossmont College, as well as a variety of other campus agencies and programs.  

Visit the FALL READINGS SERIES for more info about the authors and events coming this fall, or to visit an archive of past seasons. 

 
What's the Literary Art Festival?

The proud tradition of annual Literary Arts Festival brings the world of contemporary literature and living writers, free of charge, to the Grossmont College campus and its greater community.  The Festival is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and English Department of Grossmont College, with support from the Division of English and Social/Behavioral Sciences Division. Each year, a diverse range of established and respected authors from around the country help us showcase a celebration of literature, readings, and the creative writing process.  Events include readings and performances, lectures, workshops, writing competitions, book signings, and Master Classes in which students of the Creative Writing Program are given the opportunity to submit their work and be selected for an intensive workshop with a renowned author.  Student Readings, Workshops, Drama Writers' Showcase, Open Mic performances, and other events originating from our campus and community are featured alongside celebrated and award-winning guest writers.  

Below are some of the writers and poets who have headlined our Festivals, but we encourage you to visit our LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL website and archive to find out more about our latest and past LAFs.

Duff Brenna
Cathy Spagnoli
Lidia Yuknavitch
Paula Gunn Allen
Steve Kowit
Judy Reeves
Marilyn Chin
Lizzie Wann
The Taco Shop Poets
James Brown
Nick Flynn
Aimee Bender
Victor E. Villaseñor
Kim Addonizio
Anthony Swofford
Jimmy Santiago Baca
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Brandon Cesmat
Ella de Castro Baron
Matt de la Peña
Gary McDowell
Marge Piercy
Roger Bonair-Agard
Dorothy Allison
Sandra Cisneros
Tim O'Brien
William Nericcio
Dunya Mikhail
Tobias Wollf
Nayomi Munaweera
Luis J. Rodriguez
Jennifer Knox
Ken White
Roxane Gay
Brian Turner

What's the Creative WRITE-A-THON?

The Creative WRITE-A-THON is a day-long fundraising event of writing activities that empowers Grossmont College’s writing community and helps to bring critically acclaimed and internationally recognized authors to the Literary Arts Festival.  Participants and their sponsors pledge amounts based on hours spent at the event, but lump-sum donations are also accepted.  (This event is not held annually.)

Last Updated: 08/23/2016

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A tax deductible contribution to The FGCC's Creative Writing Fund will help the Creative Writing Program promote literary arts through continued sponsorship of opportunities and events like the Literary Arts Festival.
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