Vermin on the Mount Reading Series!

Vermin on the Mount

Hey everyone!

Looking for a cool event this weekend? Come on down to Highland Park this Saturday and check out the Vermin on the Mount Reading Series! The event is featuring readings by Natasha Deon, Wendy C. Ortiz, Samuel W. Gailey, and Ashley Perez with host Jim Ruland!Check out the Facebook page and the links below for more information. We hope to see you there!


Reading Event: A Multi-Genre Reading & Talk

Hello everyone!

This upcoming week, Professor Kim Young will be hosting writers Dinah Lenney, Raphael Dagold, and Sandra Hunter in a Multi-Genre Reading and Discussion!

Wednesday, November 12th
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Chaparral Hall Rm 5125

This diverse and critically acclaimed panel of writers is sure to please! Check out their bios below:

Dinah Lenney is a full time Assistant Professor in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California and also serves as core faculty for the Bennington Writing Seminars and for the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. She published her second book, The Object Parade, in 2014.

Raphael Dagold published his first book, Bastard Heart, in February of 2014. His poems, fables, and photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including Frank, Northwest Review, Born, Western Humanities Review, and Indiana Review. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Utah.

Sandra Hunter is an award-winning writer, and is the recipient of the 2014 H.E. Francis Fiction Award, 2012 Cobalt Fiction Prize, 2011 Arthur Edelstein Short Fiction Prize and three Pushcart Prize nominations. Her fiction has been widely published in an array of literary publications and her debut novel, Losing Touch, was released in July of 2014.

We hope that you can join Professor Young and this wonderful panel of writers for this exciting opportunity! Check out the attached flyer for more information.

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Professional Reading Series: Jim Ruland!

“I will take you to the other side of luck, the kind that is the opposite of chance. You will learn that luck doesn’t matter when your fate has been sealed for centuries. Come with me and I will show you just how lucky you are.” –Forest of Fortune, Jim Ruland

Fellow Writers!

Are you interested in discovering the secrets of fortune and misfortune?

If you are, come on down and join us for our second event for our Professional Reading Series! This upcoming week, we are proud to host fiction writer and novelist, Jim Ruland.

Ruland’s debut novel Forest of Fortune has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a masterpiece of desperation and delusion.” In addition, Scott O’Connor has described Forest of Fortune as “smart, honest, darkly funny…a powerful debut from a writer of real talent.”

In Forest of Fortune, you’ll find yourself in the Thunderclap Casino amongst a cast of misfits, junkies, and gambling addicts whose misfortunes are highlighted by the mysterious (and haunted) ambience of the hotel. If you’re ready for some spooks, come find us:

Wednesday, November 12th

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Jerome Richfield 319

We will be serving refreshments! Check out the flyer below for more information. We hope to see you there for this fun and extraordinary opportunity!

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Announcing Down Street Parable Submissions!

Attention writers!

CSUN alumnus Juan Alvarado and his publication, Down Street Parable, is accepting submissions! Below is their information if you would like to contact and check this cool publication out:

Down Street Parable

Submit your work here:

We hope you’ll submit!

The Northridge Review is almost here!

Friday, October 24th is The Northridge Review Reading/Release Party!
Where: Bianchi Planetarium (BP3100, east of the Oviatt)
When: 7pm
There will be refreshments. Come out and celebrate The Northridge Review’s Fall 2014 Issue! Support fellow writers in the community who will be reading their work from the magazine. I’ll be reading!

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(In case you didn’t know: the work in this upcoming issue was submitted and selected last semester. The work you submitted this semester is still being reviewed in the English 412 class [which I highly recommend taking for anyone interested in how these kinds of publications are put together] for the issue that will come out next semester.)

NCWC’s Third Meeting: Halloween-themed Open Mic!

On 10/8, we turned off the lights and shared some scary poems and short stories for one spooky reading!

The stuff you guys shared of your own work was great! Very scary and interesting indeed. I always look forward to reading/hearing what you guys come up with. I will never look at spiders the same again… *shudders*

I brought three of the good old Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark children’s books in case anyone wanted to read but didn’t bring anything of their own. Nostalgia!

Looks like everyone got home safely! I checked my back seat before driving and checked for a hook on my car door when I got home, but there was nothing! I might’ve heard some screaming on the way home, though–something about burning feet…

Attention Writers: Lit Crawl is Here!


Hello everyone! Looking for some fun in the city this month? Attend the 2nd annual Lit Crawl in Los Angeles’s NoHo Arts District this October! The event will feature 30+ writers in 30+ LA locations, so it’s sure to be a party!


Most importantly, Lit Crawl is featuring Cal State Northridge writers and alumni in the panel, CSUN Writers: Voices from the Valley.

Award-Winning CSUN writers Kim Young, Joseph Mattson, Gina Srmabekian, Karlee Johnson, Cody Deitz, Brandon Krause, and Justin La Torre are all slated to read, so come on down and cheer on your fellow CSUN writers!

The event is free, and will be held Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00 pm in Gallery 800 in the Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd.

For more questions, please email us at

We hope to see you all there for this fun and exciting opportunity!

Second Meeting: Workshop Time!


Last Thursday night, the NCWC hosted our first workshop of the semester! Throughout the night, we saw a diverse array of writers, including fiction writers, poets, playwrights, and screenwriters. With some high spirits and with a little help from our dear friend caffeine, we got the workshop under way. Check out the pics below!


Above, Vice President Khiem Nguyen analyzes a line of poetry while our Historian Chandler Beckmann looks on.


Secretary Leonel Sanchez hosts this poetry discussion as writers Jordan Guevara and Aliou Brown converse with new members of the NCWC.


Last, but certainly not least, this group of fiction writers coalesces into discussion as the group decides on a member’s piece, and whether it needs additional work or not.

Overall, it was a fantastic night and a fun workshop! Thank you for all of the writers who turned out, and be sure to check out our upcoming workshops this Fall!

The Graduate Reading Series!


On Friday, September 19th, a group of writers congregated in the Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room for the first event of the Graduate Reading Series! This month, the reading featured graduate students Socheata San and Jordan Guevara, and their creative work.


While Socheata San read from her beautiful and whimsical collection of poetry, Jordan Guevara shared a few pieces of his eclectic array of fiction and poetry. Above, Jordan reads an excerpt from his work.

A mighty shout-out and hand-of-applause to the readers and to the GRS for sponsoring this wonderful event!