The PCC English Honors Seminar Series:  September-November

This seminar series is aimed at current and prospective English major students. All PCC students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend.

Writer in Residence - October

PCC’s Writer in Residence Program aims to enrich the cultural environment of the College and the larger community by bringing to campus for a period of three days a distinguished local writer to interact with students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Writer in Residence events include classroom visits, writing workshops, a faculty luncheon, and a public reading. Writers in Residence are interviewed by editors of PCC’s literary magazine Inscape, the interview to be published in the magazine. The residency also offers our visiting writer a wonderful opportunity to promote a recent publication.

The Writer in Residence Program is funded by the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors and by several groups on campus, including the Office of Student Affairs and the English Department.

Fall 2021 Writer in Residence Information Coming Soon!

While we work on the details for our next Writer in Residence, please review the information from 2019 for an example of what this event entails.

  • Writer-in -Residence: Devi S Laskar. 
  • Dates: October 15, 16, & 17, 2019
  • Debut Novel: The Atlas of Reds and Blues: This book is available at the library.
  • Writing Workshop:  Tuesday October 15 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in Circadian (PCC Main Campus)
  • Public Reading/ Book Signing: Thursday October 17 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm in Creveling (PCC Main Campus)

About Devi S. Laskar

Devi S. Laskar is a native of Chapel Hill, N.C. She holds an MFA from Columbia University in New York, an MA in South Asian Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in journalism and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former newspaper reporter, she is now a poet, photographer and novelist.  Her photographs include the cover of The Florida Review; and in the pages of Tiferet Journal and Blue Heron Review.

Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming from The Atlanta Review, Rattle, Fairy Tale Review, Tin House and The Raleigh Review, which nominated her for Best New Poets 2016. Her fiction is forthcoming from Crab Orchard Review. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She is an alumna of both TheOpEdProject and VONA, among others.  In 2017, Finishing Line Press published two poetry chapbooks, “Gas & Food, No Lodging” and “Anastasia Maps.". 

Devi S. Laskar’s debut novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues (Counterpoint Press 2019) has garnered praise in The Washington Post, Chicago Review of Books, Booklist and elsewhere, and has appeared on most anticipated lists in TIME, Cosmopolitan (UK), Marie Claire, Nylon &  The Millions.

A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., she now lives in California with her family. Find her at:

English Majors’ Open House - November

Prospective English Majors enjoy refreshments at the Open House for English Majors. Students have the opportunity to meet professionals who have used their education as English majors as a pathway to success in various fields, to hear from former PCC students who have transferred, and to mingle with counselors, English faculty, and other PCC faculty and staff.

Fall 2021 Open House Information:

  • Date:  Coming soon!
  • Time: Coming soon!
  • Place: Coming soon!

The PCC English Honors Seminar Series - February - March

This seminar series is aimed at current and prospective English major students. All PCC students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend.

Visiting Writer Series

Please join the Creative Writing Program sponsored by the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors for PCC's Spring Visiting Writers Series!

To join the below events, please click here at the start time and date listed.

K.E. Garland:  Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. - Livestreamed on Facebook

K.E. Garland is an award-winning, creative non-fiction writer based in Jacksonville, Florida. She uses personal essays and memoir to amplify women's experiences with an intent to highlight and humanize issues. Her work has appeared in two anthologies: All the Women in My Family Sing and Pulp: A Year in Bodies, as well as several digital platforms, such as The Mighty, For Harriet, and The Coil. She also hosts a blog and has independently published two anthologies: The Unhappy Wife and Daddy: Reflections on Father-Daughter Relationships.

Lilliam Rivera: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. - Livestreamed on Facebook

Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning author of children’s books including her latest Never Look Back, a retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice set in New York by Bloomsbury Publishing. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Elle, to name a few. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles.

Pasadena City College API Committee Welcomes Tanya Ko Hong:  Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. - Livestreamed on Facebook 

Tanya (Hyonhye) Ko Hong is an internationally published poet, translator, and cultural curator who champions bilingual poetry and poets. Born and raised in Suk Su Dong, South Korea, she immigrated to the U.S. at the age of eighteen. She is the author of several books: The War Still Within (forthcoming from KYSO Flash Press, 2019), Mother to Myself: A Collection of Poems in Korean, Yellow Flowers on a Rainy Day, and Mother's Diary of a Generation. Tanya's work has won the Yun Doon-ju Korean-American Literature Award, was a finalist in Frontier's Chapbook Contest, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Author Website:

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Borders of Diversity 2021

The Borders of Diversity student conference is an annual event that showcases the ideas and work of our students and provides a forum for a diversity of expressions from a diverse group of students. 

  • 2021 Conference Theme:  Coming Soon!
  • Keynote Speaker:  Coming Soon!

Borders of Diversity Conference Schedule Coming Soon!

Borders of Diversity will take place on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The schedule of events will be updated soon. Please review last year's events for an example of the conference schedule and activities.

Monday, June 8th, 12:30-2:00 PM:  Facebook Live with Tanzila Ahmed

Please join us on Facebook Live Monday, June 8, 12:30-2 p.m. for an inspirational talk from this year's Borders of Diversity keynote speaker--activist Tanzila Ahmed. She will be talking about the role of art and rhetoric in activism. Take a break from finals and come hear her speak! 

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Friday, June 12, 6:00 PM:  A Conversation with Dr. Calvin Warren

This important talk on the plight of African Americans in the 21st Century is sponsored by the Borders of Diversity committee. Dr. Michelle Banks will be in conversation with Dr. Calvin Warren, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. The hope is that this conversation will help us address and ponder pertinent topics regarding white privilege and systemic racism in society. Dr. Warren brings a wealth of experience in Black Philosophy, Afro-pessimism, Queer Studies and Theology to ground the conversation for students and PCC Community members. Please join us!

For those wishing to watch and listen, the event will be simultaneously webcast on Pasadena City College's Facebook Live page. The page will be monitored during the presentation for any questions from Facebook Live participants.

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One City, One Story (OCOS) Program - March

The City of Pasadena chooses a work of fiction each year for its One City, One Story (OCOS) Program in March. Students participate in the campus discussion with the author.

English Department Tea and Awards Ceremony 

Each spring the English Department hosts its annual tea to present outstanding awards and scholarships to deserving students who have earned high grade point averages and who excel in writing. The in-person event has been canceled this spring, but please view our scholarships page to read about our award recipients for this year.

Click Here to View our Award Recipients

PCC Annual Poetry Celebration - April

Please join us for our Poetry Month events!

Sara Borjas: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. - Livestreamed on Facebook

Sara Borjas is a Xicanx pocha, is from the americas before it was stolen and its people were colonized, and is a Fresno poet. Say Their Names. Her debut collection of poetry, Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff was published by Noemi Press in 2019 as part of the Akrilica series and received a 2020 American Book Award. Tony McDade. Sara was named one of the Poets and Writers 2019 Debut Poets, is a 2017 CantoMundo Fellow, and is the recipient of the 2014 Blue Mesa Poetry Prize. Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells. Sandra Bland. She is a lecturer in the Department of Creative Writing as U.C. Riverside, where she works with innovative undergraduate writers. Ahmaud Arbery. She believes that all Black lives matter and will resist white supremacy until Black liberation is realized. Justice for Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and the countless others. Abolish the Police. Find her @saraborhaz or at Say their names.

This event will include a reading by the poet, followed by a Q & A, as well as a student open mic and the awarding of the 2021 Handley Creative Writing Awards.

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Poem-in-your-Pocket Day

Poem-in-your-Pocket Day is a national event that occurs in conjunction with National Poetry Month and is sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. The Poem-In-Your-Pocket Day Poetry Reading is intended to encourage a love of literacy and language on campus. In previous years, there have been more than twenty student speakers and at least fifty students in attendance. In addition to the readings, students typed up original poems on a typewriter, wrote poems on poster boards, and handed out poems to students passing by.