The Palomar Students Are Back!

The Palomar Students Are Back!
Join Writers Read on April 9, 2019 to celebrate the Student Writers of Palomar College and their literary magazine, Bravura Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, April 9, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Join us for a literary evening in support of Palomar's students and creative writing program. Palomar’s students, from throughout North County, will present the 2018 issue of Bravura, the college’s award-winning literary journal. The students are responsible for editing, designing, and producing each annual issue of the literary and arts magazine. Palomar English Department Professors Clare Rolens and Stacey Trujillo serve as faculty advisors for Bravura. The students will read their original poetry and prose and selections from past issues of Bravura, which has published the creative writing, photography, and...

Coconut Boys

Coconut Boys
By Kit-Bacon Gressitt Note: The following narrative nonfiction work appears in the Spring 2019 Evening Street Review, a publication dedicated to the understanding that men and women are created equal.  


Mr. Phan stands and faces the passengers, his small frame mostly hidden by his seat back, a microphone in his hand. He blinks through thick, round glasses. Nodding in one direction, his eyes grow large; in another, bisected. On his periphery, rice fields blur by, water buffalos, shrines sending the smoke of lemon grass incense to ancestors.

Mr. Phan responds to a question. “No, no wifi on bus. You no need wifi. Wife you need. Without wife, you die. Without wifi, you live. No need...

Writers Read Presents Steve McDonald

Writers Read Presents Steve McDonald
March 12, 2019 Join Steve McDonald reading from his new poetry collection Credo

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, March 12, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

  Credo, Steve McDonald’s second full-length poetry collection, was a finalist in the 2016 Brick Road Poetry Press competition. His chapbook Golden Fish / Dark Pond was the winner of the 2014 Comstock Review Chapbook contest. He has also published the full-length collection House of Mirrors (Tebot Bach, 2013) and the chapbook Where There Was No Pattern (Finishing Line Press, 2007). Steve’s individual poems have won awards from Tiferet, Nimrod, Beyond Baroque, Passager, Sow’s Ear, and others, including Best New Poets 2010. His poetry has appeared in Boulevard, Nimrod, The Atlanta Review, RATTLE, The Crab Creek Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Spillway, and elsewhere. A Professor Emeritus of...

At Risk of Drowning

At Risk of Drowning
By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Republished today in light of the California rains and in response to Trump's false declaration of a national emergency instead of owning the true human and civil rights emergencies he continues to create.  


I love this road. Its metropolitan name, Fifth Street, belies its rural character. Just past the Rainbow Oaks—a favorite of truckers and bikers, which means good coffee, ample servings and a bar—acres of plants potted for sale line the road’s borders. Rustic fences, never-mowed yards, overhanging trees. And it has a wonderful dip, to accommodate a creek that becomes a roiling river when we have the rare downpour in San Diego County.

After the dip, littered today with nature’s refuse, is the shop where students stop in to buy tamarind...

Writers Read Presents Kimberly Dark, February 12, 2019

Writers Read Presents Kimberly Dark, February 12, 2019
author of Love and Errors and The Daddies Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, February 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Kimberly Dark, a writer, professor and raconteur, will share her poetry collection, Love and Errors, and The Daddies, a lyrical exploration of masculinity and the patriarchy.

Kimberly's writing reveals the hidden architecture of everyday life one clever essay, poem or story at a time. Using humor, surprise and intimacy, she helps audiences discover their influences, and reclaim their power as social creators. She teaches in Sociology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at CSU, San Marcos. She also teaches writing and theatre courses for Cal State Summer Arts.

Kimberly has also written award-winning plays, taught and performed for...

Writers Read Presents

Writers Read Presents
Jonathan Maberry author of Still of Night, Broken Lands and Deep Silence  

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, January 8, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, and comic book writer, will launch the 2019 Writers Read series with three new novels: Still of Night, Broken Lands and Deep Silence.

A prolific writer, Mr. Maberry's vampire apocalypse book series, V-WARS, is in production as a Netflix original series, starring Ian Somerhalder (Lost, Vampire Diaries). The series will debut in early 2019. The author writes in multiple genres, including, suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action; and he writes for adults, teens and middle grade.

His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Glimpse,...

Writers Read Presents Veterans' Writing Group of San Diego County

Writers Read Presents Veterans' Writing Group of San Diego County
November 13, 2018 reading from Listen up! Things I Learned from the Military and Away for the Holidays followed by a panel discussion  



Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, November 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

 

 

The Veterans' Writing Group of San Diego County is a group of military veterans who meet monthly in North County to share their lives and stories. "Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always ringing true." Join them at Writers Read, laughing, crying and reliving their experiences as they read from their two published collections, Listen Up! Things I learned from the Military (2018) and Away For The Holidays (2016). Writers reading tonight are:

Joseph Ashby enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 during the Korean War, and retired with nearly 30 years...

Heads on the Chopping Block

Heads on the Chopping Block
By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley, Lindsey Graham and all other D.C. misogynists:

Beware.

You think Medusa was a monster?

Politics hath no fury

like a sexual assault survivor scorned

mocked, belittled, lied about,

ignored.

Our rage is beautiful and terrifying.

Our votes will turn you

not to stone

but to rubble.

 

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A GOTV note from K-B: If you don't like what's happening in our country, let your voice be heard—at the polls. The midterm elections are Tuesday 06 November.

Your vote does count, particularly this year. It's OK to be sorrowful, angry, frustrated, enraged, but don't let that stop you from voting. Today, casting your vote is a dire responsibility.

If you're not registered, or not sure, the deadline in some states is soon, but you can look up your...

Writers Read Presents a DV Awareness Month Reading

Writers Read Presents a DV Awareness Month Reading
October 9, 2018 A collaborative reading by Sara Marchant, Yazmin Navarro, Penny Perry and Kit-Bacon Gressitt In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, October 9, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Sara Marchant's work has been published by Full Grown People, Brilliant FlashFiction, The Coachella Review, East Jasmine Review, ROAR, and Desert Magazine. Her writing has been anthologized in All the Women in My Family Sing and the Running Wild Novella Anthology. Her novella, The Driveway Has Two Sides, was published by Fairlight Books in July 2018; and her memoir, Proof of Blood, will be published by Otis Books in its 2018-19 season. Sara is a founding prose editor of Writers Resist.

Yazmin Navarro holds a BA in English and a Masters in...

DON'T BUY THIS BOOK! @realDonaldTrump

DON'T BUY THIS BOOK!  @realDonaldTrump
  It's a GOTV book release party for Writers Resist: The Anthology 2018 Edited by Kit-Bacon Gressitt and Sara Marchant When and where: September 30, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA

 

Join Writers Resist contributing writers for a celebration of our first year of writing the resistance—and help us Get Out The Vote for the the November 6, 2018 elections.

Your vote is your voice!  ¡Su voto es su voz!

We launched WritersResist.com on December 1, 2016, and the anthology works were selected from our first thirteen months of publishing.

  You'll hear readings by: M.A. Durand   •   Sara Marchant   •   Joni Mayer   •   Yazmin Navarro   •   Katie Thomason   •   C. Gregory Thompson   •   Judy Viertel   •   Raya Yarbrough   •   Kit-Bacon Gressitt Advance praise...

Writers Read Presents Tod Goldberg

Writers Read Presents Tod Goldberg
discussing his novels Gangsterland and Gangster Nation Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, September 11, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the novels Gangsterland, a finalist for the Hammett Prize, and its sequel Gangster Nation, due for release in paperback in time for the reading. Gangsterland introduces Sal Cupertine, a legendary hit man for the Chicago Mafia, known for his ability to get in and out of a crime without a trace. Until now, that is. His first-ever mistake forces Sal to botch an assassination, killing three undercover FBI agents in the process. This puts too much heat on Sal, and he knows this failed job will be...

Come out of the closet and read!

Come out of the closet and read!
  It's the Fallbrook Writers Read Occasional All Open Mic Night for poetry and prose Date: Tuesday, August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

There's a lot going on in the world today.

Have you been secretly scribbling to maintain your equilibrium?

Or do you feel as though there might be more than words can accommodate?

We encourage you to try anyway.

Write it and share your words with a receptive audience in downtown Fallbrook. Come out of the closet and read! For more information, contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.

 

A Writers' Conference Blooms in Fallbrook

A Writers' Conference Blooms in Fallbrook
Join us for the first Fallbrook Writers' Conference  

What is it?

Fallbrook Writers' Conference is a free, one-day conference for aspiring writers of fiction and narrative (creative) nonfiction. Sponsored by Fallbrook Library and Writers Read, the conference is made possible with the generous support of Friends of the Fallbrook Library.

When is it?

Sunday, September 16, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where is it?

Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, California, 92028.

Who'll be there?

Some of our favorite Southern California authors and agents will share their experience and wisdom: memoirist Suzy Fincham-Gray, novelist Joye Johnson, novelist Siel Ju, novella and memoir author Sara Marchant, young adult and adult novelist Laura McNeal, novelist T. Jefferson Parker, and narrative nonfiction author Deanne Stillman, and agents Elise Capron and Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

How...

The Colonel Father Sir

The Colonel Father Sir
By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Originally published in 1995 in his twilight, now an annual ode to Father.

 



 

A sign declaring him a sesquipedalianist adorned his office door. How like him, the lover of one-and-a-half foot long words, to proclaim his eccentricity so proudly and chuckle at it with the same enthusiasm. He ushered me in, showed me his computer, the Mobius strip I'd sculpted for him displayed on a shelf, a mounted segment of sharkproof fiber-optics cable—his latest delight. It was my first visit as an adult to the place that consumed my father's focus, second only to his church. I looked for clues to reveal his character, to teach me who was this man I'd known only as a father. Returning briefly from...

Writers Read Presents, June 12, 2018

Writers Read Presents, June 12, 2018
Emerging Writer C. Gregory Thompson reading from and discussing his fiction and nonfiction works  

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, June 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

C. Gregory Thompson, a Pushcart Prize nominee, lives in Los Angeles, California where he writes fiction, nonfiction, plays, and memoir. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Storgy Magazine, Writers Resist, Five:2:One, Cowboy Jamboree, Full Grown People, The Offbeat, Printers Row Journal, and Reunion: The Dallas Review. Four of his short stories were included in the 2017 New Short Fiction Series.

Thompson was named a finalist in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s 2015 Fiction Contest. And, his short play Cherry won two playwriting awards. He earned an...

Writers Read Presents Sara Marchant

Writers Read Presents Sara Marchant
Reading from and discussing her novella Let Me Go from the Running Wild Novella Anthology  



Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

SPECIAL DATE: Tuesday, April 17, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

In Let Me Go, Sylvie Sullivan returns to her small home town in search of love, vengeance and information, but not necessarily in that order. She is looking for answers about her dead mother, her alcoholic psychiatrist father, and why, exactly, the sheriff has it in for her. Assisting her in her quest is her stepbrother/lover, her sidekick Max, and her reluctant stepmother Annie. Ultimately, though, it is Sylvie who must determine what her mother meant in her suicide note, "Let me go."

Sara Marchant received her MFA...

Writers Read Presents Creative Writing from Palomar College

Writers Read Presents Creative Writing from Palomar College
March 13, 2018 Professors, students and editors of Palomar College's Bravura literary magazine read their creative works  

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, March 13, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Dr. Rocco Versaci, Dr. Carlton Smith, and a number of their creative writing students and student editors of the college’s award-winning literary journal, Bravura, will read their poetry and prose and a few selections from past issues of Bravura. The journal has published the creative writing, photography and artwork of the school’s students since 1964.

Participating students include:   Emely Abon Ashley Carlos Oliver David Elizabeth De La Garza Preston Dennis Zechariah Hurd Jerin Kirby Kenjamin Liddle Ezmo Meza Adrian Muñoz Jason Paul Connie Pennington Raine Porath Joelle Schumacher Laura Stanton Taylor...

Let Them Eat Harvest Boxes

Let Them Eat Harvest Boxes
By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

 

President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget request includes a proposal to significantly reduce Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) subsidies for low-income families and replace them with “America’s Harvest Boxes,” filled with items selected by the federal government.

So just what would these hungry families receive from the Trump administration? Harvest Box Contents 1 NRA bumper sticker Give it to your parole officer if you don't own a car.

1 jar USDA peanut butter, smooth Don’t be picky; chunks cost more.

4 cans USDA lima beans You get hungry enough, anyone will eat them.

1 bottle of aspirin Hold one aspirin between your knees to prevent rape, STDs and more welfare babies.

1 pair of Ivanka Trump pumps, black Good for job interviews, and what a fabulous deal she gave the USDA!

6...

To Vice President Mike Pence: There's Hope for Homophobes!

To Vice President Mike Pence: There's Hope for Homophobes!
By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Note: Originally publish in 2010 by San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, this piece warrants a revisit in light of the current kerfuffle over Vice President Mike Pence's presence at the nicely inclusive 2018 Winter Olympics, despite his persistent homophobia and his suspected support of conversion therapy. I hope the VP comes to know the healing love of the LGBTQ community, once he surrenders his fear and hate. Thinking of Leaving Homophobia? Change Is Possible!  

Welcome! Chances are you’ve come here looking for answers to a heart-wrenching but hidden epidemic — the devastation of Unwanted Homophobia.

Well, you’ve come to the right place! We have culled the best of the homophobia treatment programs — such stellar offerings as the former Exodus International*...

It's the Roe v. Wade Anniversary, and Damn that Man

It's the Roe v. Wade Anniversary, and Damn that Man
By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

 

Thank goodness we cremated Mother and Father—I don’t have to worry about them, turning over in their graves every time that man in the White House tweets.

This is the thought I awoke to this morning, despite a weekend filled with the exuberant hope of Women’s Marches around the globe, repeating the passions we performed the day after that man’s inauguration in 2017.

It’s a grumpy way to greet the sun, although grump fodder has been plentiful the last twelve months.

I kick off the tussled comforter, gird my loins, swing my legs to the chill tile floor, and dash to the bathroom, determined not to dribble a trail. Eh, the dog’ll lick it up if I do.



I make it to...