Entries by kbgressitt

Writers Read Presents

Liska Jacobs Reading and discussing her debut novel Catalina Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose Date: Tuesday, February 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook Catalina, a magnetic, provocative debut novel Elsa Fisher is headed for rock bottom. At least, that’s her plan. She has just been fired […]

Happy New Year of Resistance!

  Woe to those who make unjust laws,     to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights     and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey     and robbing the fatherless.   What will you do on the day of reckoning,     when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run […]

Xmas Gift for My Ex-lover

By Sharon Thompson   Tonight, in fog and winter you slam the receiver down like an obstetrician nips an umbilical cord. I curl fetus-like on the beige and russet sofa, wiggling down into flattened cushions, shoot up a TV special. Thick Xmas cheer. Peace on earth, for kids, really. It tickles me like a nanny’s […]

A Triangulated Dialectic

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt Published by Ducts magazine and excerpted here.   My daughter texts me. She is in love, a deep and sharp love she has nurtured for three-and-a-half years. It is a love I imagine adorns her library of journals, the older ones bursting with the marks of a high school girl: felt-tip word […]

Claire, in Geneva

By Michelle DeRose “a misguided girl of 17 who had forced herself upon Byron while he was still in England and who, in January, 1817, bore him a daughter, Allegra.” –The Norton Anthology of English Literature   I hear his thumps down damp corridors and lean into the oak of my closed door, try to swallow […]

Coconut Boys

A true, anti-war story—because the greatest gift for veterans is to keep the peace By Kit-Bacon Gressitt   Mr. Phan stands and faces the passengers, his small frame mostly hidden by his seat back, a microphone in his hand. He blinks through thick, round glasses. Nodding in one direction, his eyes grow large; in another, […]

Gladiators

By Penny Perry for Colin Kaepernick   Poor men. Former slaves. Doors slamming in their brains. Eyes squinting through bronze grids. Limbs, lungs, exposed like glass windows. Clothed. Fed. Celebrated with laurel wreaths. Told not to speak. Mouths shut like boarded houses. Words in ruins like the fields of rubble where they once lived. Half […]

From Brave New Films: Close Immigrant Prisons

“Few Americans know about our nation’s system of immigrant detention centers. Each year, the U.S. government locks up roughly 440,000 immigrants in over 200 immigrant prisons. These prisons have grown into a highly privatized, lucrative and abusive industry that profits off misery. “We’re doing everything we can to expose the abuses of the deportation industrial […]

Writers Read Presents Deanne Stillman

On November 14, 2017 Deanne Stillman will discuss her new book Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill   Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose Date: Tuesday, November 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook Deanne Stillman is returning to Writers Read with […]

Sexual Harassment and Power

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt Note: This has been updated from a 2009 version.   My high school English teacher was an expansive man, ensnared by the vagaries of a congenital defect. The first class that watched him thrash across the room, dragging his clubfoot behind him, dubbed him “The Galloping Guinea,” effectively vilifying his ethnicity and […]

The Alchemy of Moonlight

  By Scott Gressitt for Tom Petty   I wheel, yet again, around the lake the blue water behind me the black water below me the golden hills up to the left roof down, windows down expectations down the glowing orb performed her daily retirement nicely again for me today, just for me when time […]

College Students React to Racism in the U.S.

From Fine Brothers Entertainment   In this video from FBE, college students react to the tragic events of past weeks, and racism in the United States. FBA brings you the stuff you want to talk more about, from their award-winning REACT series, to shows across scripted, unscripted, animation, interactive, sketch comedy, and more. FBE makes originals for […]