Grossmont College holds literary festival

Grossmont College will be spotlighting authors and poets from around the nation, as well as student works, at its 26th annual Literary Arts Festival, running from April 25-28.

“The Literary Arts Festival from Grossmont College’s Creative Writing Program is the leading festival of its kind in the region,” said Adam Deutsch, festival and Creative Writing Program co-coordinator, in a statement, “and we are proud to bring together so many distinguished writers to discuss their craft and share their work with our students and the entire community.”

All events are virtual, free and open to the public. Find biographies of the writers, workshop descriptions, bibliographies and registration links at https://tinyurl.com/5n74panb.

The schedule:

Monday, April 25
2 to 3:15 p.m., “Why Literature Matters”: A panel of students, faculty, and administrators share personal accounts of the role literature they have played in their journeys.
7 to 8:15 p.m., Maggie Downs: Journalist and nonfiction writer Downs will read from her award-winning grief memoir, “Braver Than You Think: Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother’s) Lifetime” (Counterpoint 2020).

Tuesday, April 26
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Chris Baron: Baron is the award-winning author of two middle-grade novels-in-verse: “All of Me” (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan 2019), and “The Magical Imperfect” (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan 2021).
7 to 8:15 p.m., “New Voices”: Exceptional writers from this semester’s creative writing classes and workshops perform some of their works, including fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, drama, spoken word and mixed media word art.

Wednesday, April 27
12:30 to 1:45 pm, Manuel Paul López: Chicano border poet and CantoMundo fellow López reads from his forthcoming collection, “Nerve Curriculum” (Futurepoem 2022). Published works include “These Days of Candy” (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series 2017); “Death of a Mexican and Other Poems” (Bear Star Press, 2006); and “The Yearning Feed.”
2 to 3:15 p.m., Erin Rodondi: The poet presents a reading from her newest collection, “And If the Woods Carry You” (Southern Indiana Press 2021), winner of the 2020 Michael Waters Poetry Prize.
7 to 8:15 p.m., Cherie Dimaline: Dimaline is the acclaimed author of “The Marrow Thieves” (DCB 2017), a young adult novel that took book-of-the-year honors on numerous lists.

Thursday, April 28
12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Kosoko Jackson: A Maryland native, Jackson is the author of the newly released “I’m So (Not) Over You” (Berkeley Romance 2022), an adult #OwnVoices queer rom-com novel. Other releases include “A Place for Wolves” (2019); the time-travel adventure “Yesterday Is History” (2021); and “Survive the Dome” (March 2022).
7 to 8:15 p.m., Marco Wilkinson: The festival closes with essayist, creative nonfiction writer and ecopoet Wilkinson reading from his first book, “Madder: A Memoir in Weeds” (Coffee House Press 2021).

Readers and presenters at literary events are neither censored for language nor edited for the content of their readings. Visitors who feel they may be sensitive to mature language and topics are urged to research the writers in advance, using the event pages at the festival website, https://tinyurl.com/4adb3enk.

Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon. Call (619) 644-7000.

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