Rio Hondo College
Division of Communications and Languages

Writes of Spring Festival
Thursday, April 26, 2012

all events are FREE and open to the public

All books will be on sale at the event. Cash only!
Authors will be signing books after their readings.



Wednesday, April 25


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Other Thursday Events:

River Deep
Student Film Festival

1:00 p.m.

River's Voice Reading
2:30 p.m.
Wray Theater

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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

Dr. Shirley Impellizzeri

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Shirley was inspired by a psychology course she took while attending three years of high school in her parent's native Argentina. This inspiration led her to pursue a career in Psychology. After finishing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at UCLA and a Masters of Arts Degree in Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, Dr. Shirley began working in group homes counseling teenagers and their families. While she was getting her PhD from UCLA she investigated child abuse with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Her fluency in Spanish has enabled Dr. Shirley to work effectively with Southern California's diverse latino community. As a hands on doctor, she has seen the worst cases of abuse imaginable.

She currently works with individuals, couples, families and runs support groups. In addition, Dr. Shirley evaluates families in possible child abuse situations while preparing psychological evaluations and testifying in court as an Expert Witness.
Dr. Shirley's patients come from all walks of life and a wide variety of case issues. Her interest in spirituality has lead her to incorporate spirituality into her work on many different levels. She believes that understanding the combination of mind and spirit can greatly contribute to a patient's healing process

Dr. Shriley's Web page                   YouTube Clips



9:40 a.m.  Wray Theater


Alberto Baltazar Urista Heredia [alurista] is the oldest of six in the family and has lived in various parts of Mexico and the United States. San Diego is where he is from now. He graduated from San Diego High School in 1965 and that summer enrolled at Chapman College, two years later thought better of it, transferred to San Diego State College where he taught Chicano Culture and Thought and Creative Writing. His education has been in life, philosophy, psychology, Latin American Studies and in la escuela del movimiento . . . Neither recluse, nor patron, Alurista is among the many who live the struggle daily. He doesn't wish, speculate, criticize, nor lament; he organizes, in the fullest sense of the word."

"I was the first modern Chicano writer who dared send bilingual work to an editor . . . All that was needed was for someone to get the nerve . . . and say this is the way I think, the way I write, this is the way the people write and think, this is how they speak."

- Alurista, from Chicano Authors: Inquiry by Interview

alurista papers--click here          More on alurista--click here

 with a special guest!

11:15 a.m.  Wray Theater

Alex Espinoza 

Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico, the youngest of eleven children. At the age of two, he migrated to southern California with his family and grew up in the city of La Puente, a suburb of Los Angeles. Earning a B.A. from the University of California at Riverside with honors, Espinoza went on to receive an MFA from University of California, Irvine, where he was the editor of the university’s literary magazine. He now teaches creative writing at California State University, Fresno. Still Water Saints is his first novel.

"As perfect as the beads of a rosary." --Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street




1:00 p.m. Wray Theater

Adam Sadowsky is the president of Syyn Labs -- a collective of talented people that bring aesthetics and engineering together to create really nifty interactive art. Syyn Labs is responsible for a potpourri of interesting gizmos, from augmented reality namebadges to sound-reactive fire sculpture, but are best known for the huge Rube Goldberg machine created for OK Go's music video "This Too Shall Pass" that instantly went viral via YouTube.

In addition to engineering interactive art, Sadowsky serves as Chief Operating Officer for the popular
Mindshare LA events, where people across disciplines come together every month to share ideas. He is also the co-founder and vice president of the IBD Foundation, providing support to people with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, having been diagnosed with the latter in 1984. Sadowsky has also worked in software, product design, video games, genetics research, online auctions and even had quite a successful acting stint, sharing the TV screen with both Jason Bateman and Matthew Perry.  A software engineer by education, he appreciates great design – especially functional design. He’s pondered having a bluetooth headset implanted in his skull.

"The League of Extraordinary Nerds!"--Fast Company magazine