2013 Spring Literary Series Archive
Wednesday, March 20
Justin Hudnall and Friends, The Far East Project: Everything Just As It Is • Contributors will read from the anthology that combines fiction and non-fiction to create a portrait of life in East San Diego County. From La Mesa to Ramona, from poetry to photography, this volume brings us visions of the beautiful, desperate, and depraved. The edition is a project of So Say We All, a collaborative that publishes books and conducts readings, workshops, and performances under the direction of Justin Hudnall.
Wednesday, April 10
Farrell Foreman, “In a Different Vein” • An hour of fun and great performances with playwright, poet, and City’s own English professor Farrell Foreman, who will read excerpts from his own works. Foreman’s plays have been produced professionally in theaters, colleges, recreation centers, and community centers across the country. He has served as visiting professor of playwright at Ohio State University and the University of Louisville. Foreman is also the recipient of the Samuel Goldwyn Award for Playwriting, the Lorraine Hansberry Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in playwriting. He is co-founder of the Bear Arts Foundation, a national service organization for theaters and writers of color based in San Diego.
Wednesday, April 17
Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Kohl and Chalk • Kohl and Chalk is Shadab Zeest Hashmi’s new book of poems. Hashmi is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose book, Baker of Tarifa, won the 2011 San Diego Book Award for poetry. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Poetry International, Vallum, Nimrod, The Bitter Oleander, The Cortland Review, New Millennium Writings, RHINO, The Citron Review, and Journal of Postcolonial Writings, and is forthcoming in Spillway and other publications. Her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies, and Knot Magazine. Hashmi has taught in the MFA program at San Diego State University as a writer-in-residence.
Monday, May 6
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Zoreh Ghahremani, Sky of Red Poppies • Zoreh Ghahremani is the author of Sky of Red Poppies, which has become a course text for our English classes. Her latest book, The Moon Daughter, is due for release this spring. Sky of Red Poppies was a One Book, One San Diego selection in 2012. Previously a pediatric dentist also teaching at Northwestern University Dental School, Ghahremani moved to San Diego in 2000 to devote herself to writing. Since then, over 200 of her essays, short stories, and vignettes have appeared in magazines and online. A bilingual Iranian American author, her first book, The Commiserator, was published in her native Persian language. Ghahremani has contributed to several anthologies, the most recent of which is Tremors, a compilation of works by Iranian American writers. She is also a columnist for Zan Magazine, a quarterly publication for women.
Wednesday, May 15
2013 City Works Literary Journal • Come celebrate the release of our college’s literary journal featuring poetry, fiction, photography, artwork, and creative non-fiction. Students, staff, faculty writers, and artists serve as the editorial board and assist with the production of the journal. In addition to publication, this event features awards in various categories. Each year, the journal reveals the promise and talent of our writers, many of whom are published for the first time or whose subsequent works become new books.