DVC encourages a rich literary and creative writing community. From our literary journal to our semesterly literary events to our creative writing contests, we encourage and support our students, faculty, staff, and community members in their literary and creative writing inspirations. 

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DVC Literary Journal Spring 2020 Issue 1


Writing Contests and Events

Spring 2021 Virtual Literature Week, April 27, 28, and 29

Stay tuned...More details to come.

Past Events

Literature Week, October 27, 28, 29, 2020.

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.  All events are free and will take place via Zoom.  Links to be provided.  

Featured Readers:  Ajuan Mance and Dean Rader. 

Dean Rader: http://www.deanrader.com/ 

Tuesday, October 27, 11:00 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. Dean Rader 


Ajuan Mance: http://www.ajuanmance.com/ ; Social Media:  Instagram and Twitter @8_Rock

Wednesday, October 28, 12:45p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Ajuan Mance 


DVC Faculty/Staff and Student joint reading. 

Thursday, October 29, 12:45 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.


 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. To see submission details and requirements, go to the DVC Literary Contest Submittable page.


Spring 2020 Winners:

Fiction/Short Play
  • 1st Place: "Looking for Sleep" by Sierra Lofgren
  • 2nd Place:  "A Brighter Tomorrow" by Louise Edwards 
  • 3rd Place: "4pm Over Two" by Katherine Anderson
Creative Non-Fiction
  • 1st Place: "My Queer Neanderthal Cousin Claude" by Monte Fisher
  • 2nd Place: "Letter to Myself" by Katie Nunn
  • 3rd Place: "Leaving China" by Robyn McDowell  
  • 1st Place:  "Revelations" by Kaiu Aguigui 
  • 2nd Place: “California Dreaming"  by Allison Jones 
  • 3rd Place: “The Thoughts That Sprout Up After Midnight" by Frances Bustillos

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

Email: Rayshell Clapper 

Office location: LC-114 campus map

ESL Coordinator: Laurie Sample

Telephone: 925-969-2619

Email: Laurie Sample 

Office location: LC-112 campus map

English Department Chair: Dorian Eidhin

Telephone: 925-969-2518

Email: deidhin@dvc.edu

Office location: FO 239

Contact: Charles Shackett

Telephone: 925-551-6217

Email: Charles Shackett  

Office location: W-117 campus map