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Grossmont College Creative Writing Faculty Reading

Date: Friday, March 23, 2012 Time: 7pm Number of sessions: 1 - Event! Members: FREE! Nonmembers: FREE! Location: The Inkspot, 710 13th St, Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92101

Join us for a special night of readings featuring Grossmont College’s Creative Writing Faculty!

The Creative Writing Program at Grossmont College fosters the development of creative writers at all skill levels in a supportive, professional, and dynamic atmosphere. Our mission includes active efforts to serve and engage students, faculty, and the community through a rich variety of readings and other literary events that are always free and open to the public. The Creative Writing Program seeks to cultivate a diverse literary community and to celebrate and promote literary creativity in our culture



The night’s readers:

Director of the Creative Writing Program, Stephanie Mood has a Master’s Degree in English and French from Ball State University and has taught Creative Writing since 1977.  She served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia.  Her writing career has included national publications in poetry and popular essays as well as short fiction, including the Minnesota Review; Cedar Rock; Poem; Poetry Newsletter; Griffith Observer (for which she wrote cover essays); Antenna; Impact; and Encore.




Sydney Brown is Co-Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program and a member of the World Arts and Cultures Committee at Grossmont College.  An alumni of Granite Hills High School, Sydney received both her B.A. in English, with an emphasis in American Literature, and M.F.A. in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in British Literature, from San Diego State University.  While at SDSU, Sydney helped launch Poetry International; she served as Business Manager and Assistant Editor of the journal’s inaugural issue.  Later she worked as a reader and Assistant Editor for the edgy and innovative, Fiction International. Before coming to Grossmont, she volunteered then worked as Assistant Program Coordinator for The Writing Center, a nonprofit literary arts organization founded by Judy Reeves. A Professor of English, Sydney teaches creative writing, poetry, literature, and composition at Grossmont College. In 2008, she received the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Sydney’s poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous journals, including San Diego Writer’s Monthly; Iceberg;  HOW2: Contemporary Innovative Writing Practices by Women; Hawaii Pacific Review; Red; Zaum: The Literary Magazine of Sonoma State; The Southern Review.


Karl Sherlock teaches Creative Writing, Drama Writing, and literature, including American Literature and Views Of Death and Dying in Literature.  His degrees include a Master of Arts in English from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine. In addition to being an Academy of American Poets prize winner, he has worked under such writers as Eavon Boland, Milton Kessler, James Liddy, James McMichael, Sherod Santos, Alan Shapiro and others. Poems from his book-length manuscript, The Forthright Wishes Of the Dead, have appeared in a variety of journals, including The Jacaranda Review, Dickinson Review, South Coast Poetry Journal, The Alsop Review, and in gay writers journals such as The James White Review. His play, Things I’m Afraid Of, was scripted into a short film in 1992.


Ryan Griffith received an MA degree in Creative Nonfiction from Fresno State and an MFA degree in Creative Writing from San Diego State.  His stories and poems have appeared in several literary journals and received numerous awards, including the 1997 Editor’s Choice prize for best fiction in The Beacon Street Review and an Honorable Mention award in the 1995 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest.  Most recently, he was a contributor to The Lounge on KPBS radio, where he read stories as part of the Midnight Pharmacy Series.



Lisa Shapiro is the author of three published novels and numerous published short stories. She holds a Master of Science in Management from Antioch University, and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Literature and Writing from Union Institute & University. Lisa teaches Composition, and Novel Writing, as well as Business Communication, and Small Business Management. She is a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Romance Writers of America, and Children’s Book Insider, and regularly conducts writing workshops in the community.



Rob Williams has a B.A. in English from Arizona State University and an MFA from Columbia University.  He is the co-editor of the nonfiction anthology, From Boys To Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up. His essays and short stories have been published in San Diego CityBeat, Maisonneuve Magazine,Versal, Pindeldyboz6S: Six Sentences, and various anthologies including Fool for Love and I Do/I Don’t: Queers on Marriage. He is a part-time instructor of Creative Writing and English Composition at Grossmont College and the Program Director at San Diego Writers, Ink.

The Grossmont College Creative Writing Literary Arts Festival runs April 24-May 3rd. For schedule of events click here.