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September 20, 2016 (El Cajon) - The Grossmont College English Department's Creative Writing Program is presenting the Fall 2016 Reading Series, Thursday, Sept. 29 – Monday, Dec. 5.

  • Thursday, September 29 (2-3:15 p.m., Griffin Gate): Banned Books/Banned Lives Reading featuring New York Times bestselling novelist Matt de la Peña, author of six young adult novels, including “Mexican WhiteBoy” and “We Were Here,” and the first Latino to win the Newbery Prize in literature. San Diego native de la Peña’s “Mexican WhiteBoy” was banned from classrooms in Tucson, Arizona in January 2012, when a law targeting Mexican-American studies courses that were perceived as anti-white, was enacted. This event will be hosted by English instructor Alan Traylor.
  • Tuesday, October 25 (7-8:30 p.m., Room 26-220): The 8th Annual Lester Bangs Memorial Reading featuring a launch of the new documentary film, “Ticket to Write: The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism,” written and produced by Grossmont College English instructor Raul Sandelin. Sandelin's film explores the origins and heyday of rock music journalism, 1966-1981, during which legendary music magazines like “Rolling Stone” and “Creem” were first published and rock writers like Grossmont College alum Lester Bangs (1966-1968) and Hunter S. Thompson found notoriety.
  • Thursday, November 17 (7-8:30 p.m., Griffin Gate) Reading and Launch Party Featuring Poet Denise Benavides. Performance artist, educator, and queer Xicana poet Denise Benavides is a graduate of Grossmont College’s Creative Writing program. She received her master’s in fine arts in writing from Mills College in Oakland. Her book, “Riot Girl,” is newly released from Korima Press.
  • Monday, December 5 (7-8:30 p.m., Griffin Gate): New Voices: A Student Reading featuring the original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama and other unique and evocative forms of literary and spoken word art of Grossmont College Creative Writing students.

All events are free and open to the public. Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, 92020.

For more information, visit the English Department's Creative Writing Program website at

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