SMC Literary Series: Poetry, Fiction & More Begins Sept. 12

Author Paul VangelistiA lineup of distinguished authors and poets – discussing and reading selections from their works – will be featured in the fall 2013 Santa Monica College Literary Series, which begins Sept. 12.
Authors Mario Padilla and Wilfred ‘Wil’ Doucet will kick off the series on Tuesday, Sept. 12, with readings from their creative writings. All lectures are free and are held at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall 165 on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. Seating is on a first-arrival basis. For further information, call (310) 434-4303.
The complete series lineup is:
  • Sept. 12: “Readings” by Mario Padilla and Wilfred ‘Wil’ Doucet. The two Santa Monica College English professors are authors of a number of works in poetry and fiction, and renowned for their skills in weaving words and bringing them to life.
  • Oct. 1: “Winning and Losing: A Reading” by Victoria Patterson. The Newport Beach writer often referred to as the ‘Edith Wharton of the OC’ is the author of the novel “This Vacant Paradise” and the short-story collection “Drift.”
  • Nov. 5: “I’m a Stranger Here Myself: A Reading” by Paul Vangelisti. The Department Chair of the Otis College of Art and Design Graduate Writing Faculty is the author of numerous books of poetry and an NEA Translator Fellow and NEA Poetry Fellow.
Now in its 11th year, the SMC literary series has brought to campus such acclaimed writers as Khaled Hosseini (author of the best-selling “The Kite Runner”), Audrey Niffenegger (author of the bestselling “Time Traveler’s Wife”), and Jonathan Safran Foer (author of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”).
The series is sponsored by the SMC Associates – a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on the Santa Monica College campus – and the SMC English Department.