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Monday! Monday!

Do you have a case of the Mondays?? Break the beginning-of-the-week blues with an explosive reading, Monday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in SDSU’s Scripps Cottage! Don’t miss our brilliant MFA darlings reading alongside Romanian poet and Fulbright visiting professor, Chris Tanasescu!!


Selah Saterstrom– This Weekend!

Polyphonic brings you another great writer– Selah Saterstrom!

Sunday, October 10: “Craft of Fiction” workshop at 2 p.m. (for registration info, please contact Meagan Marshall,

Monday, October 11: Reading with Chris Tanasescu at 7 p.m. in Scripps Cottage (SDSU)

Don’t miss these indelible events!

Mark Doty’s event has been cancelled

Sad news…

Mark Doty has fallen ill and will not be able to make it to San Diego for his events on Oct. 3rd and 4th. We are working to reschedule these events in the near future. Stay posted!

Thank you, Rebecca Brown!

An illuminating workshop and a spirited reading– I have Rebecca Brown to thank for setting fire to my writing hand once again. Her prose transcends genre; her presence explodes and soothes simultaneously. SDSU will miss her wit and sagacity! Check out her work (I suggest, American Romances, The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary, and Woman In Ill- Fitting Wig)– strange and brilliant– a delicious combination.

Rebecca Brown Reads Tonight!!

Don’t miss acclaimed author, Rebecca Brown, tonight (9/27) at 7 p.m. in SDSU’s Scripps Cottage!! She will share illuminating excerpts from her selected works– Book-signing and Q&A session to follow.

See you there!

Our first event is only weeks away!

Rebecca Brown
Sunday, September 26 at 2 p.m.(Location TBA): Workshop: “Short Prose Forms”
Monday, September 27 at 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing at Scripps Cottage

Rebecca Brown’s 12th book, a collection of essays entitled AMERICAN ROMANCES, was released by City Lights in June, 2009 and won the Publishing Triangle Award. Brown is also the author of THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU (City Lights 2006) and WOMAN IN ILL FITTING WIG, a collaboration with painter Nancy Kiefer, and EXCERPTS FROM A FAMILY MEDICAL DICTIONARY (Granta Books (UK), University of Wisconsin Press (USA) and Asahi Shimbun (Japan)). Among her other books are THE END OF YOUTH, THE DOGS: A MODERN BESTIARY, THE TERRIBLE GIRLS (City Lights), and THE GIFTS OF THE BODY (HarperCollins). Brown’s first play, THE TOASTER, was commissioned by New City Theater (2005). She has also collaborated with dance companies, “Better Biscuit Dance,” and “LAUNCH DANCE CO.” She has been awarded numerous prizes, including a Stranger Genius Award, a Boston Book Review Award for Fiction, a Lambda Literary Foundation Award, and is a twice winner of the Washington State Book Award. She is currently a member of the MFA in writing faculty at Goddard College in Vermont.


Our MFA program in collaboration with The Writers Collective, The Living Writers Series and Poetry International is excited to announce the return of SDSU’s “Polyphonic” Workshop and Reading Series! We have a prodigious array of events this semester, during which our guest authors will give workshops and presentations to alumni, currently enrolled students, and local literary community.

The reading presentations are scheduled for Monday evenings and will feature interactive writing activities and special book-signings. The workshops are scheduled for Sunday afternoons and will last about 3 hours ($20 fee for current SDSU students, $30 fee for SDSU alumni and local community). They will range from the craft of fiction/creative non-fiction/poetry to the art of translation, Space is likely to fill up fast, so if you are interested please contact Meagan Marshall at