Rio Hondo College
Division of Communications and Languages

Writes of Spring Festival
Thursday, May 1, 2008

all events are FREE and open to the public


Other Thursday Events:

Open-mic Poetry Contest

River's Voice Reading


Full Schedule

Wednesday, April 30


Campus Map

Parking Information:
Parking is free.
Stop by the parking booth on College Drive to pick up an event parking pass.

Park in Student Lot C

Contact Information:
Division of Communications
and Languages





8:05 a.m.  Wray Theater

Scott Gray

Scott Gray writes for television and film, among other industries. He was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where he performed sketch and improv comedy for years at venues all over the state, including the Tempe Improv. In 1995, Scott and his wife Melissa moved to Los Angeles, where Scott soon began writing for television shows, interactive projects, comic strips, comic books, and everything in-between, including applesauce labels. In 2002, Scott won 1st Place in the Scriptapalooza TV Spec Sitcom Contest with his Malcolm in the Middle script. In 2003, Scott won an Emmy for his work on Rugrats. Scott is currently a staff writer on a Playhouse Disney show debuting this summer. He and his wife have two sons-slash-story consultants, ages 2 and 6.




9:40 a.m.   Wray Theater
Ron Koertge

"Ron Koertge is not only the wisest, most entertaining wiseguy in American poetry. He is also
 a conjurer, a designer of verbal holograms. Step inside any of these poems and you enter
 the precinct of a uniquely playful imagination.
" --Billy Collins

Ron Koertge was born in Olney, Illinois. He is the author of poetry collections like Dairy Cows, Life on the Edge of the Continent: Selected Poems, and Making Love to Rogetís Wife (University of Arkansas Press). His most recent book of poetry is titled Fever (Red Hen Press). He has also written a novel, The Boogeyman, as well as award-winning young adult novels, including Arizona Kid, Mariposa Blues, Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright, and Confess-O-Rama. Koertge recently retired from Pasadena City College after 37 years of teaching. YA titles

First Grade
Until then, every forest
had wolves in it, we thought
it would be fun to wear snowshoes
all the time, and we could talk to water.

So who is this woman with the gray
breath calling out names and pointing
to the little desks we will occupy
for the rest of our lives?

Reprinted from Making Love to Rogetís Wife, Poems New and Selected, by Ron Koertge, 
published by the University of Arkansas Press. 
more poems online



11:15 a.m.   Wray Theater

Playwriting Symposium Featuring: Jessi Sundell, Molly Gross, and Kevin Cramer

Join us for a conversation on the craft of playwriting. The program will include discussions on: Finding inspiration, writing and revision strategies, getting plays produced, and establishing relationships with theatres. Our guest writers will also read selections from their original work. An audience-driven Q&A session will follow the presentation.  

Jessi Sundell received her B.F.A. in Lighting Design and Playwriting from University of Wyoming. She is currently finishing her M.F.A. in Playwriting and Screenwriting at University of California-Riverside; Molly Gross graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.F.A. in Theatre, and she will graduate in 2008 from University of California-Riverside with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing; Kevin Cramer, a native of Trafford, Pennsylvania, earned a bachelor's degree in Communication from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL and master's degrees in Secondary School Counseling from Penn State University and Screenwriting from the University of California-Riverside.

Other Thursday events:

12:50 p.m.  Open-mic Poetry Contest

2:20 p.m.    River's Voice Reading