Monday, September 19, 2011

Grossmont College to host novelist Cris Mazza on Oct. 12

Cris Mazza
Novelist Cris Mazza

Author Cris Mazza, a San Diego native whose writings have been reviewed nationwide, will be speaking Oct. 12 at Grossmont College as part of its Fall 2011 Semester Reading Series sponsored by the college English Department’s Creative Writing Program. The Oct. 12 event will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Building 26, Room 220, on the El Cajon campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Mazza,, who now lives in Chicago, is a professor and director of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mazza’s writings discuss the psychological and emotional complexities of life, as well as how a region’s society and culture impact the human experience, including sexuality, family, authority and gender. Her most recent novel, published in January, is “Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls,” is a story about a woman whose life changes when she decides to rescue a teenage Mexican prostitute.

Mazza's fiction has been reviewed numerous times in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, MS Magazine, Chicago Tribune Books, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Voice Literary Supplement and The San Francisco Review of Books. Among her other novels: “Homeland” (2004), about a woman and her elderly father grappling with a 30-year-old family tragedy while they also find themselves

Mazza is among several featured speakers for Grossmont College’s Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2011 Semester Reading Series. More information about the events is available at Grossmont's Creative Writing page, or phone (619) 644-7523. Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Dr., in El Cajon. For driving directions and a campus map, visit the Grossmont College website.
homeless, living in the canyons of suburban Southern California alongside migrant agricultural workers; “Indigenous/Growing Up Californian” (2003), featuring Mazza's collection of personal essays; and, “Waterbaby” (2007), a novel about how local legends still live and grow in a seacoast town in Maine.