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Community & World Literary Series

The CSUSM Community and World Literary Series hosts on-campus literary readings several times a semester. Our visiting authors have produced some of the most innovative and original work in contemporary poetry, fiction, drama and performance art. Some of these writers are local to southern California, while others come from elsewhere in the country and the world. All are at the forefront of developments in contemporary aesthetics and culture.

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the public are invited to experience, live, some of the most exciting literature of the present moment. Whether you think of yourself as a writer, someone who wants to be a writer, or someone who’s interested in any of the amazing possibilities in contemporary literature, art, culture, politics or history, The Community and World Literary Series offers you a chance to hear and interact with writers exploring subjects of crucial contemporary relevance. Their work may very well suggest possibilities for your own future.

Come on out and become part of the CSUSM literary community!  Each event is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required!

Our Fall 2017 Schedule: 

Brandon Som

Brandon Som

  • September 21, 2017
  • 7:00 pm
  • Markstein 125

Brandon Som received his Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, and an M.F.A. in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of The Tribute Horse, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the chapbook Babel's Moon, winner of the Snowbound Prize. He was the Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poet-in-Residence at Westminster College, and was awarded fellowships at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and Civitella Ranieri. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Literature Department at UCSD.


Lily Hoang


  • September 28, 2017
  • 7:00 pm
  • Markstein 125

Lily Hoang is the author of five books, including A Bestiary (winner of the inaugural Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Nonfiction Contest) and Changing (recipient of a PEN Open Books Award). She teaches in the MFA program at UC San Diego. She serves Editor at Jaded Ibis Press and Executive Editor for HTML Giant. 


CA Conrad


  • October 26, 2017
  • 7:00 pm
  • Markstein 125

CA Conrad is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays and the latest is titled While Standing In Line For Death from Wave Books (2017).  He is a Pew Fellow and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Banff, RADAR, Flying Ojbect and Ucross.  For his books, essays, and details on the documentary The Book of Conrad (from Delinquent Films 2016), please visit http://CAConrad.blogspot.comcaconrad


 Hugo Garcia Manriquez & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

HugoGarciaManriquezLeah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

  • November 16, 2017
  • 7:00 pm
  • Markstein 104

Hugo García Manríquez's work has been published extensively in Mexico and the US. His work has appeared in Berkeley Poetry ReviewDenver QuarterlyNew American WritingDusie, and others. Hugo is the author of two chapbooks: Two Poems and Painting is Finite, as well as two books in Spanish: No oscuro todavia and Los materiales. Hugo has translated into Spanish William Carlos Williams’ Paterson, Clayton Eshleman's Juniper Fuse: Upper Paleolithic Imagination & the Construction of the Underworld, and forthcoming in 2017, George Oppen's Of Being Numerous. Hugo lives in Oakland, California.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer Sri Lankan femme disabled poetic troublemaker, and the Lambda award winning author of Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, Bodymap, Love Cake, Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. She co-founded and co-directed  queer and trans people of color performance collective Mangos With Chili from 2005-2015. A lead artist with disability justice performance troupe Sins Invalid, she is currently finishing her new book of essays, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice Culture and book of poetry, Tonguebreaker. She holds an MFA from Mills College and is a Voices of Our Nations fellow.


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