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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 2018 Schedule: 

Jackie Wang

 Jackie Wang

  • October 4, 2018
  • 7:00 pm
  • Markstein Hall 125

Jackie Wang is a student of the dream state, black studies scholar, prison abolitionist, poet, filmmaker, performer, trauma monster, and PhD candidate at Harvard University in African and African American Studies. She is the author of Carceral Capitalism (Semiotexte / MIT Press), a number of punk zines including On Being Hard Femme, and a collection of dream poems titled Tiny Spelunker of the Oneiro-Womb(Capricious). In her most recent work she has been researching the bail bonds industry and the history of risk assessment in criminal justice. Find her @LoneberryWang and


Brian Evenson

 brian evenson
  • October 18, 2018
  • 7:00 pm
  • Markstein Hall 105


Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection A Collapse of Horses (Coffee House Press 2016) and the novella The Warren ( 2016). He has also recently published Windeye (Coffee House Press 2012) and Immobility (Tor 2012), both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann's Tongue. He has translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, Manuela Draeger, and David B. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship. His work has been translated into Czech, French, Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Persian, Russia, Spanish, Slovenian, and Turkish. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Critical Studies Program at CalArts.  A new collection of stories, Song for the Unraveling of the World will be published in 2019.


Jennifer Coleman

 jen coleman

  • November 15, 2018
  • 7:00 pm
  • Markstein Hall 105

 Jen Coleman is author of PSALMS FOR DOGS AND SORCERERS, from Trembling Pillow Press, winner of the 2013 Bob Kaufman Book Prize selected by poet Dara Wier. Her second book, WE DENIZENS, was released from Furniture Press in 2016. Jen has been called "the heart's bittersweet cartoonist" by poet Graham Foust, and "Walt Whitman and Elizabeth Bishop's secret lovechild" by poet Richard Roundy. Originally from Minnesota, Jen received her BA from Beloit College and MFA from George Mason University in Virginia. She spent eight years in New York before moving to Portland, OR. She now lives in Portland, OR where she works for the Oregon Environmental Council.


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