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Literature Week

Celebrate the written word by participating in Literature Week. Hear readings from published authors, faculty, and students. Literature Week happens twice a year, during the fall and spring semesters. Spring Literature Week also includes a creative writing contest. Join us for Fall 2019 Literature Week November 5-7, 2019 on the Pleasant Hill campus. All events are free and take place in the Diablo Room.

Fall 2019 Literature Week schedule

Student Readers and Faculty Readers - November 5, 2019 11:10 a.m. -  12:35p.m.  Location: Diablo Room


  • Christian Morgan

  • Anne Kingsley

  • Lisa Orta  


  • Valentine
  • Kaitlin Dey
  • Jacob Fisher  
Featured Reader Daniel Summerhill,  November 6,  2019, 11:10 a.m - 12:35 p.m.  Location: Diablo Room 

Daniel Summerhill will read from his socially-active and relevant poetry.

Best Practices, November 6, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Location: FO 234

Come, meet and talk with Daniel Summerhill to talk about writing, teaching, activism, and literature and creative writing. 

Featured Reader - Jessica Barksdale, November 7, 2019, 12:35 p.m - 2:10 p.m. Location: Diablo Room

Long time DVC English Professor and creative writing and literature advocate will read from her poetry and prose.  

DVC literary contest

The DVC literary contest is held annually and consists of three categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Contact one of our faculty and staff members for more information on guidelines.

Spring 2019 Winners:

Fiction/Short Play
  • 1st Place: "Newborn Fawns" by Nikolas Andrieu
  • 2nd Place: "Loss of Milk" by Uchenna Esomonu
  • 3rd Place: "Eight Block Down" by Ethan Anderson
Creative Non-Fiction
  • 1st Place: "All Words Matter: The Manipulation behind 'All Lives Matter' " by Kelly Coryell
  • 2nd Place: "This is a True Story" by Katie Nunn
  • 3rd Place: "What to Expect When You're Expecting" by Teresa Gaines 
  • 1st Place: “What I haven’t yet said” and “my neighbor’s peach tree, which hangs over my fence” by Nikolas Andrieu
  • 2nd Place: “Sweet Transgender Jesus” and “When Roger Wore Heels” by Monte Fisher
  • 3rd Place: “How Wounds Heal” by Brianna Mungo

O'Keefe Prize

The O’Keefe Prize is a comic contest that is held annually. This is a unique contest as there are many opportunities to meet with faculty and students to learn comic techniques and printing.

Meetings are usually held at the end of the fall term for this contest, with submissions accepted the end of January. Contact one of our faculty and staff members for more information.

The O’Keefe Prize is offered in memory of our beloved English colleague James O’Keefe who dribbled soccer balls and raised hell among us for far too short a time. James created and taught English 176 -- The Graphic Novel as Literature.

See some great submissions from our past winners.


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Contact English

ESL Coordinator: Rayshell Clapper

Telephone: 925-969-2621


Office location: LC-114 campus map

ESL Coordinator: Kelvyn Moran

Telephone: 925-969-2619


Office location: LC-112 campus map

English Department Chair: Alan Haslam

Telephone: 925-969-22404


Office location: FO-109

Contact: Charles Shackett

Telephone: 925-551-6217


Office location: W-117 campus map