Monday, September 25, 2017

Banned Books launches fall reading series

The Grossmont College English Department will launch its annual Fall Reading Series with its “Banned Books/Banned Lives” event that coincides with National Banned Books Week and takes place 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, in Griffin Gate.
“Banned Books/Banned Lives: #RISE” is a student-led reading that will feature spoken word poetry and performance prose by students, faculty and administrators that celebrate freedom of expression and raise awareness about censorship and persecution. Original works are paired with or inspired by resistance literature. The event is free and open to the public.

Other Fall Reading Series events include:
  • The 9th Annual Lester Bangs Memorial Reading, featuring the Grand Prize winner of Grossmont College’s “First Book” contest, Douglas Payne. A native San Diegan and Grossmont College alumnus, Payne is the author of the newly released poetry collection, “Salted Rook.” The reading takes place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Griffin Gate.
  • The Creative Writing Faculty Reading will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Griffin Gate. Creative Writing Program faculty will offer a rare glimpse of their writing lives outside of the classroom in this multiple genre reading. Featured faculty include author Rich Farrell and spoken word performer Daniela Sow.
  • The Creative Write-a-Thon fundraiser will be held 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, in Griffin Gate. Open to faculty, students, staff and alumni, Write-a-Thon participants collect pledges to help raise funds for the Creative Writing Program and bring nationally and internationally renowned authors to the annual spring Literary Arts Festival.  The event includes hours of inspiring and fun writing prompts presented by Grossmont instructors, prizes and a celebratory lunch. To donate or participate, contact Daniela Sow at
  • The annual “New Voices: A Student Reading” takes place at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4, in Griffin Gate. The student reading caps off a semester of hard work and literary inspiration, and is a favorite of students and instructors. Invited student writers will impress attendees with their readings and performances of original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama and other unique forms of literary and spoken word art.
All Fall Reading Series events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit and select “Creative Writing” on the left.
About Grossmont College
Grossmont College is “Changing Lives Through Education” and has served the diverse educational needs of San Diego’s East County since 1962. With a wide variety of certificate and associate’s degree programs, Grossmont College provides workforce training, career development and transferable college-level coursework to its more than 18,000 students. For more information, visit

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