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Monday, April 24

2 - 3:15 PM, Griffin Gate (Bldg. 60)


student panel 

Join Grossmont College students from Julie Cardenas’s Introduction to Literature and PUENTE courses as they celebrate and present passionate arguments as to why literature—perhaps more than ever—matters. This year's presenters are
  • Kaitlin D'eimon
  • Tim Burton
  • Kevin Rupe
  • Leana Barfield
  • Bryanna Jackson
  • Caroline Ceceña


poet Denise Benavides7 - 8:15 PM, Griffin Gate (Bldg. 60)


Poet & Performance Artist

reading & book signing

Oakland-based Denise Benavides, Queer Xicana Poet and Performance Artist, shares her work with urgency—using the stage/page to confront themes of xenophobia, relocation, sexuality, religion, and love. Always, love. She writes to document, to archive, and to hold space for what has been lost. She is currently touring with her first book, Split, from Kórima Press.  An alumnus of Grossmont College, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing and currently teaches at Skyline College. 



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This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations.


poems by Denise Benavides

Split, poems by Denise Benavidesfrom Kórima Press

"Denise Benavides’s debut collection Split is a dedication to motherlessness and abandon—to a nightly killing and rebirths. At its worst, it is all teeth masticating through the body in an attempt to interrogate and cut out what no longer serves the Self. It is a collection not meant for the weak, but for those willing to walk through what haunts them the most."



On-line Resources


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Anthologies, Journals and On-line Media

"El Color Rojo Significa Pasión." Foglifter Journal 2 (2016).

"¿Donde Esta Mi Gente?" Wonder Dave 12 June 2014. YouTube. 

"'God' and 'When My Mother Passes.'" SomArts 28 September 2015. YouTube. 

In Celebration of Mothers: Reflections Celebrating Motherhood. Ed., Trisha Faye. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.

"Letting The Bluebird Free." Ground: Protest Poetry—An Anthology (2013).

“Love The Fag In You.” El Tecolote 2016.

“‘Momma Always Told Me’ and ‘‘I’m Not.’” Acorn Review Literary Magazine 2009-2010.

The Pedagogy of Pop: Theoretical and Practical Strategies for Success. Eds., Edward Janak and Denise Blum. Lexington Books, 2014.

"Radar Reading Series." San Francisco Public Library 29 June 2016. YouTube. 

Red Sky | Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women. Eds., Melissa Hassard, Gabrielle Langley, Stacey Nigliazzo. Sable Books, 2016.

“Regret.” 1 (2014).

"Saw a Woman In Half." Fat City Review (2013).

"Three Poems: 'Throw The Women Back Into The Ocean,' 'Love Her Leave Her,' and 'This House Is Empty Now.'" The Feminist Wire 20 April 2016. 

“Trailer Trashed White Boys From Lakeside and How They Treated Brown Girls.” The Far East: Everything Just As It Is. Eds., Justin Hudnall and Missy Solis. San Diego: So Say We All, 2012.

Last Updated: 04/21/2017
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