11:15 a.m. Wray
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
Adam Sadowsky is
-- 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
"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
where people across disciplines come together every month to share
ideas. He is also the co-founder and vice president of the
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