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!
Chad Sweeney has published six books of poetry, most recently Little Million Doors (Nightboat Books, winner of the Nightboat Prize, 2019), White Martini of the Apocalypse, Parable of Hide and Seek (Alice James), and Wolf’s Milk (bilingual Spanish/English, Forklift Books)—as well as two books of translation, including Pablo Neruda’s final book, Calling on the Destruction of Nixon and the Advancement of the Chilean Revolution (Marick Press, 2019) and The Art of Stepping Through Time, the selected poems of Iranian dissident poet, H.E. Sayeh (White Pine, with Mojdeh Marashi). Sweeney’s work has been featured in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Poets & Writers, Verse Daily and is forthcoming in Poem-a-Day from the Academy of American Poets. He teaches creative writing at California State University San Bernardino and lives in Redlands with his partner, Jennifer K. Sweeney and their two little boys.
Raised along the borderlands of Calexico, CA, Karla Cordero is a descendant of the Chichimeca people from Northern Mexico, a Chicana poet, educator, and ARTtivist,. She is a three-time Pushcart nominee and has received fellowships from VONA, Macondo, CantoMundo, the Loft Literary Center, and Pink Door Retreat. She is the editor of SpitJournal, an online literary review for poetry and social justice, and the founder of Voice 4 Change, a reading and workshop series promoting diversity and cultural competency. Her poems have appeared and forthcoming in The Boiler Journal, PANK, ANMLY, Tinderbox, Bettering American Poetry, The Acentos Review, the Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Rally, The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4, and LatiNext Anthology, among other anthologies and publications. She is the author of the chapbook Grasshoppers Before Gods (Dancing Girl Press 2016). Her full-length collection of poems, How To Pull Apart The Earth (NOT A CULT 2018) is a 2019 San Diego Book Award winner and awarding-winning finalist for the 2019 International Book Awards. She currently serves as a Professor of Creative Writing and English at MiraCosta and San Diego City College.
Charles Borkhuis is a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and essayist. His nine collections of poems include: Dead Ringer [BlazeVOX], Finely Tuned Static (with paintings by John McCluskey) [Lunar Chandelier], Disappearing Acts [Chax], and Alpha Ruins [Bucknell University], selected by Fanny Howe as a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Book Award. His plays have been presented in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hartford, and Paris and have been published in Mouth of Shadows [Spuyten Duyvil], The Sound of Fear Clapping [Obscure Press], Present Tense [Stage This 3], and Poets’ Theater [Ailanthus]. His two radio plays The Sound of Fear Clapping and Foreign Bodies were produced on NPR and can be heard at pennsound. He is the recipient of a Dramalogue Award and the former editor of Theater: Ex, an experimental theater publication. He lives in New York City and San Diego and has taught at Hofstra University and Touro College.
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