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.

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.

Borders of Diversity - March

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. Last year (2015) the Borders of Diversity conference was themed “Crossing Boundaries: Finding Home”. The guest speaker was Brian Turner, a veteran and poet.

This year on April 7, 2016, Jimmy Santiago Baca, a memoirist, poet, and activist, will be the event’s keynote speaker. Award-winning Jimmy Santiago Baca is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award and for his memoir "A Place to Stand" the prestigious International Award. In 2006 he won the Cornelius P. Turner Award. The national award recognizes one GED graduate a year who has made outstanding contributions to society in education, justice, health, public service and social welfare.

One City, One Story (OCOS) Program - March

The City of Pasadena choses 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 - April

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 2014 there were 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.