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.

English Majors’ Open House - November

Prospective English Majors enjoy lunch 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.

Student Achievements

Students Kathy Bolivar, Lindsey Huynh, Graciela Perez, and Arthur Martinez attended and presented at the 6th Annual American Indian & Indigenous Collective (AIIC) Symposium: Decolonizing our Lives. They shared their poetry and papers in a panel titled "Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Learning from our Elders." The panel was moderated by Dr. Silvia E. Toscano, Assistant Professor at PCC, and received positive and encouraging feedback due to the amazing work of these students.

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!

  • WED MAR 6 in Circadian Room, 11a-1p -- Storyteller and Activist Tanzila Ahmed
  • WED MAR 13 in Circadian Room, 7p-9p -- Award-winning poet Michelle Brittan Rosado 
  • THUR MAR 21 at 1pm -- Poet Morgan Parker -- PCC's Spring Jackie Robinson Speaker! Please look for flyers additional flyers on campus. 
  • MON APR 29 in Circadian Room, 1-3p -- YA Novelist Isabel Quintero

Borders of Diversity - April 4, 2019

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. 

This year on April 4, 2019, Ryka Aoki - a poet, performer, and professor - will be the event’s keynote speaker. Ryka Aoki is the author of Seasonal VelocitiesHe Mele a Hilo (A Hilo Song) and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. She has been honored by the California State Senate for her extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of Transgender people. Ryka was the inaugural performer for the first ever Transgender Stage at San Francisco Pride, and has performed in venues including the San Francisco Pride Main Stage, the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival, the National Queer Arts Festival, and Ladyfest South. Ryka also appears in the recent documentaries “Diagnosing Difference” and “Riot Acts.” She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is the recipient of a University Award from the Academy of American Poets. She is a professor of English at Santa Monica College.

Borders of Diversity Conference Schedule:

Panel 1 - Toward Personhood:  Reimagining Ideas About Gender and Sexuality
10 - 11:30 am

Poster Session  - Empowering the Vulnerable Heart: Radical Self Love and Loveability
11:30 - 12:45 pm

Keynote Speaker:  Ryka Aoki
1 - 3 pm

Panel 2 - Unpacking Tropes: Examining Bordered Identities in Literature
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 pm

Panel 3 - Visualizing Community and the Power of Imagistic Language
5 - 6:30 pm

Panel 4 - Puente Speaks
6:45 pm - 8:15 pm

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. 

PCC Annual Poetry Celebration - April

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.