Rally the Valley!


A reading from some of the crazy writers of CSUN, past and present.

In an LA weekly piece written a couple years back Alan Gropman explained, “Angelenos insist the San Fernando Valley is our New Jersey: uncool, ultra-suburban, out of the way. I wish they’d just shut up already.”

That’s right, the valley’s not just smog and strip-malls! Join us at Union Station for a night of drinks and readings from CSUN writers, past and present, which celebrates the strange and wonderful art of the SFV.


Mona Houghton
Sean Pessin
Jon Beadle
Gina Srmabekian

Hosted and Curated by

Loretta McCormick

Mona Houghton’s debut book, Frottage & Even As We Speak—Two Novellas, won a Gold Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews. Frottage won 1st place in the Inconundrum Press Melville Novella contest and was a finalist in an Aimee Bender judged Lofti Novella Contest. She has had stories published in various journals. Houghton won the John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction for her story “A Brother, Some Sex, and an Optic Nerve,” which appeared in the Summer Issue of Harpur Palate. She has an essay, “What I Learned from a Bricoleur,” in Everyday Urbanism, edited by Margaret Crawford and John Kaliski. Mona Houghton teaches writing at California State University, Northridge.

Sean Pessin earned an M.A. in English at California State University, Northridge, where he currently teaches part-time, in addition to teaching at Pasadena City College. He currently working on his M.F.A. at Otis College of Art and Design. Works of his have appeared in Used Gravitrons, Interfictions Online, The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, the New Short Fiction Series, and several times in the Northridge Review. Recently, his story “Holy Basil” recieved runner-up in the Ninth Letter annual Literary Awards competition. In general, Sean’s works feature the strange, bizarre, and the fantastic, while being highly conscious of fabulist storytelling traditions.

Jon A Beadle was born in England, but has since relocated to southern California to enjoy the sunshine. He is a graduate of the Master’s program in English at California State University, Northridge, where he discovered his interest in investigating the fantastic elements that lie beyond the veil of the visible world. His work has been published in the Northridge Review and Red Fez.

Gina Srmabekian is a graduate student at CSUN. Her writing grapples in the interstices between self and history.

Loretta McCormick is a third-year PhD student at UWM and holds an MA in Creative Writing from California State University, Northridge. She teaches First Year Composition and Creative Writing and is the Managing Editor of cream city review. Over the summer she’s been revising a collection of short stories loosely based on her experiences growing up in a mortuary. Her story, “Unbecoming,” was recently published in The Quotable.