Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents Poet Karla Cordero


Spoken word artist reads from her new collection on Tuesday, September 13

Karla Cordero is the 2015 recipient of the Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for writers of color from The Loft Literary Center and recipient of the Global Diversity Award at San Diego State University. Cordero curates Voice For Change and hosts writing workshops for undocumented migrants in shelters located in Mexicali, Mexico.


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The Burkini: Banning oppression or modesty, it’s marginalizing either way


Local bans on the “burkini” are counterproductive.

By Katha Pollitt

Oh, France, what is the matter with you? In the wake of the Bastille Day massacre of 84 by a Tunisian truck driver who plowed through a crowd in Nice, followed by the murder of a Catholic priest by jihadis in Normandy, Nice, Cannes, and several other beach towns have banned the “burkini,” the top-to-toe bathing suit for Muslim women.


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You have no idea what your words mean


Trump responds to accusations of racism, calls Clinton a bigot; journalist calls man who would be emperor clearly unclad

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

On Friday, after watching a CNN video clip of Donald Trump insisting Hillary Clinton is a bigot, the journalist, author and “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski looked into the camera with a solemn face and said, “Donald Trump, you have no idea what your words mean. You have no idea. You have no idea what your words mean.”


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Postcards from Greece


By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

“I’m a big-ass feminist,” proclaims the sixteen-year-old tourist, his enthusiasm leaping through the stacks and first editions displayed at Atlantis Books, in Oia, Greece. “I’m a drama student,” he says in demi-pointe. “But I don’t like Shakespeare. He’s a dick. Romeo and Juliette is a parody of love. I want to go to university in the U.S.” He glissades into the next room. “I have to get out of Bahrain.”


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The week that was


Zika funding bill, Olympic victory, Harvey Milk and more

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Donald Trump recognized hump day by declaring himself regret-free for twitter bombing the parents of a U.S. Army officer slain in Iraq. To deflect criticism, he attempted to correlate the grieving parents of the Muslim-American war hero with terrorism. “Get smart,” Trump writes. Apparently not.


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Wisdom Worker


By Sharon Thompson

Perhaps
in days of deep pine wilderness
and cooking stones lowered into baskets of thick soup,
there were elders to consult.
Huts in which to kneel and learn.
Dreams of smoky revelation.
Heart beats measured on drums of stretched skin. …


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Readings from the San Diego Poetry Annual 2015-2016


Readings from the 2015-20916 collections

The San Diego Poetry Annual, published by Garden Oak Press, contains the work of poets from throughout the San Diego County region and beyond. The Annual includes two volumes: one bilingual Spanish-English volume, and one of poetry in English. The new edition includes an eclectic group of poets, including our first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, who was raised in Escondido.


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President Obama on Sterling and Castile police shootings


"Because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same, and that hurts."

President Barack Obama

All Americans should be deeply troubled by the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. We’ve seen such tragedies far too many times, and our hearts go out to the families and communities who’ve suffered such a painful loss. …


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Scattering the Loss


"I wonder who will deal with my chalky dust when I am dead."

By Sara Marchant

It’s two days after her wedding, which was one week after her first husband’s memorial service. The entire family is still reeling from the juxtaposition—it was all we’d talked about before, during, and after the actual wedding celebration. In conversation we’d put air quotes around “celebration.” We used anger and sarcasm to mask our sorrow and confusion.


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Writers Read: Summer writers groups and workshops


Writers Read offers creative writing workshops and writers groups in Fallbrook for beginning and seasoned writers, because writing is not for sissies—it's for everyone!

Writing for Our Lives

Women’s voices are censored—often silenced—in a multitude of spirit-crushing ways. This workshop encourages women to explore our voices, our experiences, our spirits, and to write our stories, loud and clear.


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