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 2019 Writer in Residence Information

  • 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 2019 Open House Information:

  • Date:  Tuesday, November 19
  • Time:  12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Place:  Circadian (PCC Main Campus)

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!

  • Information on the 2020 Visiting Writer Series coming soon!

Borders of Diversity - May 7, 2020

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. 

  • 2020 Conference Theme:  Sustaining Cultural Change
  • Keynote Speaker:  Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed. Ahmed's work registering AAPI voters and activism in Asian-American/Muslim-American spaces has been featured on NPR and other media sites.

How to Submit Your Work to Present at the Conference

The conference committee is currently accepting submissions for the spring 2020 conference. We are accepting any academic work that touches on the theme of diversity. Please submit your work and send questions to:

Deadline for submissions:  December 13, 2019

Get Involved!

We are always looking for student volunteers. Please consult with your club advisors about the possibility of earning service hours for volunteering. If you would like to help with the event, please contact us at: 

Borders of Diversity Conference Schedule:

Information coming soon!

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.