Entries by kbgressitt

Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Conney D. Williams and special guest Natalie Patterson Celebrating National Poetry Month   Date: Tuesday, April 11, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook Conney D. Williams, a poet, actor and performance artist, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, is a favorite at Writers Read. He’s with us this month to share new works and celebrate […]

Lentil Soup

  By Penny Perry for Lisa A coyote calls to its kin. A rabbit shifts under porch light. Lizards, coyotes, hummingbirds, foxes—your daughter, Natalie, rescued, nursed them all. It is my turn, now, Lisa. I’ve simmered curry, garlic, lentils, celery, bay leaf, hot cayenne, on this early summer night, two days past the solstice, this […]

Creative Writing Workshops Spring-Summer Schedule

Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Offers Two New Creative Writing Workshops   Writing for Our Lives – April-May 2017 Women’s voices are censored—often silenced—in a multitude of spirit-crushing ways. This creative writing workshop encourages women of all ages to explore our voices, our experiences, our spirits, and to write our stories, loud and clear. Creative writing is a process of self-exploration […]

Declaration of Defendence

  By Conney D. Williams I save my tears for weddings and presidential elections while America the beneficent thrusts anthems up our spleens the pasty ballot of deprecation without representation please GOD, bless Ol’ Glory with sufficient stars and stripes to vandalize my person until even bowels lose their allegiance I am a casualty of […]

Blue Tattoo

By Ruth Nolan —The story of Olive Oatman—   We took care of her, the white girl, the grandson of the last traditional chief of the Mojave Indians told the crowd in 2012, at the 13th celebration of the victory of Ward Valley no radioactive waste facility here. This valley is where our deceased follow […]

Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

David Putnam on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 reading and discussing The Vanquished, a Bruno Johnson novel   Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose Date: Tuesday, March 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook The Vanquished (Oceanview Publishing, February 2017) is David Putnam’s fourth novel in his Bruno Johnson series. The best-selling author has […]

Book review: Goosestep by Harold Jaffe

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt   While a tide of new political activists is frothing across the nation, one seasoned revolutionary is quietly practicing his decades-long resistance in Mission Hills. Harold Jaffe, author and SDSU professor, continues his quest to challenge popular perception in his 24th book, Goosestep: Fictions and Docufictions (Journal of Experimental Fiction Books, November […]

Woman Inside a Wood Stove

By Penny Perry  for my mother hissing your small door a square of black iron woman inside a garden hose spitting inside those coils and curls your coupling a circle of gold women were in boxes then women were in circles then you wanted me warm you wanted me well busy burning busy drowning you […]

At Risk of Drowning

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt   I love this road. Its metropolitan name, Fifth Street, belies its rural character. Just past the Rainbow Oaks—a favorite of truckers and bikers, which means good coffee, ample servings and a bar—acres of plants potted for sale line the road’s borders. Rustic fences, never-mowed yards, overhanging trees. And it has a wonderful dip, […]

On the Front Lines

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt You look in the bedroom mirror, small enough to deny self-adoration, and pull your brownish hair into a ponytail. Tight, like Mother used to do it, just the right way. You turn to the bed. Your clothes are laid out on sheets held taut by perfect hospital corners. You dress in practical […]

Writers Read Presents Rocco Versaci

Join Writers Read at Fallbrook Library on February 14 Featuring Rocco Versaci reading and discussing his memoir That Hidden Road Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose   Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook Rocco Versaci‘s That Hidden Road is a funny, bittersweet and sometimes aching story of loss […]

The Power of Art and Things to Come

A profile of artist Patrick Brown By Kit-Bacon Gressitt Artist Patrick Brown is a fairly quiet man—perhaps a bit shy—with a cute laugh, a slight Southern accent, and a gentle sadness that sometimes shades his eyes. It’s a companionable sorrow, though. It reaches into his paintings and says, “It might hurt, but it’s OK to […]

Writers Read Presents “An American Genocide”

Author Benjamin Madley will read from and discuss An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe   Date: Tuesday, January 10, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook UCLA Professor Benjamin Madley is an historian of Native America, the United States, and genocide in world history. His first book, An […]

Coming at Night to a Country Inn

By Penny Perry   Longing for sleep. Cottage at the mouth of the river. Wet stepping stones. Hydrangeas at the door. Innkeeper’s gone fishing. Tree frog on the welcome mat. Mist from river and sea. Branches on the highway. The next town far. On the sandy shore a fishing pole. Moonlight on a red wool […]

The Gift of the Magi

By O. Henry One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times […]

Creative Writing Workshops at Fallbrook Library

2017 Winter Workshop Schedule   Writing Craft In this workshop, you will use your experiences—real and imagined—as a platform for learning the basics of the writing craft. Whether fiction or creative nonfiction, you’ll begin writing, playing with words, and responding to writing prompts, while exploring the basics of story structure, setting, action and character. Participants will […]

Fertility Prayer

A pantoum by Tom Somers Inanna, goddess of love and war, sings to Enki, god of water and wisdom, Mesopotamia circa BC 3000.   Full of loveliness, like the new moon My fertile crescent is flecked with new growth a Hillock of land rising by levees well-watered, Untilled plot left fallow like the desert. My […]

Writers Read Presents Susan Carol McCarthy

Reading and discussing her Cold War-era novel A Place We Knew Well Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose Date: Tuesday, December 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook Susan Carol McCarthy is the award-winning author of three works of literary fiction, Lay That Trumpet In Our […]