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)

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!

Sehba Sarwar:  Tuesday, March 10 10:30-11:45 a.m. in Creveling Lounge

Sehba Sarwar is an award-winning writer who creates essays, stories, poems, and art that tackle borders, displacement, migration, and women's issues. Her writings have appeared in publications including New York Times Sunday Magazine, Creative Time Reports, Asia: Magazine of Asian Literature and elsewhere. The second edition of her novel, Black Wings, was released in 2019 by Veliz Books while her short stories have been anthologized by Feminist Press, Akashic Books, and Harper Collins India. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan in a home filled with artists and activists, Sarwar is currently based in Pasadena, California. She was awarded the 2019-20 individual artist grant through the Pasadena Arts Commission.

The PUENTE Project Welcomes PCC Alum Reyna Grande:  Thursday, March 19 12:00-1:30 PM in Creveling Lounge 

Join the PUENTE Project for an inspirational afternoon as Reyna Grande shares how she found her power in STORYTELLING. Reyna Grande is the award winning author of The Distance Between Us. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact the Puente office:

Borders of Diversity 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.

Borders of Diversity Conference Schedule:

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.

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.