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Readings in the Evenings at UCR Palm Desert

UCR Palm Desert announces “Readings in the Evenings” series

Prizewinning La Quinta novelist Tod Goldberg to appear Jan. 27

(January 20, 2006)

Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg

Palm Desert, Calif. - The UCR Palm Desert Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program is launching a series of free, public readings, discussions and presentations by distinguished playwrights, authors, producers, directors and actors. The series, “Readings in the Evenings,” will begin with an appearance by novelist Tod Goldberg at 6 p.m., Jan. 27at the UCR Palm Desert Campus and continue through June.

Reservations are encouraged for planning purposes. To make reservations or for more information call 760-834-0597 or visit

“We are delighted that so many noteworthy artists have accepted our invitation to appear,” said Prof. Eric Barr, chairman of the UCR Theatre Department and acting director of the UCR Palm Desert MFA program. “They provide our students with invaluable information and our new campus is the perfect showcase for their work to be shared with the Coachella Valley community.”

Tod Goldberg is the author of the novels “Living Dead Girl,” a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and “Fake Liar Cheat,” and, most recently, of the short story collection “Simplify,” winner of the Other Voices Short Story Collection Prize. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and journals and has twice been honored with Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize. In addition, Goldberg is a three-time winner of the NPA Prize for Journalism and is a contributing writer for Palm Springs Life Magazine, Better Nutrition Magazine and Las Vegas Citylife. He has had essays and nonfiction published in numerous other publications including the Los Angeles Times, New York Journal-News and the Las Vegas Mercury, among others.

The following is a complete schedule for “Readings in the Evenings.” All readings are at 6 p.m. and held at the UCR Palm Desert Campus, 75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive at Cook Street, Palm Desert.

    January 27

    Tod Goldberg — Author

    Tod Goldberg is the author of the novels “Fake Liar Cheat” and “Living Dead Girl” (a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize). His latest work, “Simplify,” a collection of stories spanning nearly a decade of writing, was released in September 2005. Mr. Goldberg’s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and webzines and he has received Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize and honorable mention from the Nevada Arts Council. He teaches creative writing at in the Palm Desert MFA Program and frequently speaks at conferences and seminars.

    February 24

    Alex Espinoza - Author

    Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico in 1971, the youngest of eleven children. He earned his B.A. from UC Riverside and his MFA in Writing from UC Irvine. He has written for Salon and his chapbook titled "Jesus Stole My Bike" was published as part of the Chicano Chapbook Series edited by poet Gary Soto. Mr. Espinoza’s first novel, tentatively titled “Still Water Saints”, will be published by Random House in 2007. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UC Riverside and is currently working on a second novel.

    March 10

    Charles Evered — Writer for stage, screen and television — staged reading of new play Adopt a Sailor

    Charles Evered received his BA at Rutgers and his MFA from Yale University. His plays have been produced in New York and around the country and he has received numerous awards for his writing. His published works include: "The Size of the World and Other Plays," "The Shoreham and Other Plays," "Wilderness of Mirrors," "Adopt a Sailor," "Clouds Hill," "Celadine," and selected monologues in "Audition Arsenal." Mr. Evered has sold stories to Dreamworks, Universal, and Paramount Pictures and is currently writing an original half hour pilot entitled “Reserve Center” for NBC. Mr. Evered teaches screenwriting in the Palm Desert MFA Program.

    April 14

    Susan Straight — Author, book release

    Susan Straight, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, won the Gold Medal for Fiction from the San Francisco-based Commonwealth Club for her fifth novel, “Highwire Moon.” This book was also a National Book Award Finalist. Ms. Straight's other critically acclaimed fiction includes "Aquaboogie,” “I Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots,” “The Gettin' Place,” and “Blacker Than A Thousand Midnights.” She has also written two children's books, “Bear E. Bear” and “The Hallway Light at Night.” Ms. Straight’s work can often be heard on NPR and read in various magazines and journals. This reading celebrates the release of Ms Straight’s seventh novel, “A Thousand Nightingales”, and a new work for young adults.

    April 28

    Graduate Students from UCR’s MFA in Creative Writing
    and Writing for the Performing Arts program.

    This reading is in connection to the release of the 2006 Crate Journal, UCR’s professional literary journal.

    May 12

    Eric Barr — Playwright, staged reading of new play "The Beast in Me."

    Eric Barr is the Chairman of the UCR Theatre Department and the Acting Director of the Palm Desert MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program. His screenplay "Cirque Berserk" recently won the Telluride IndieFest Competition and "Hole in the Sky" was a finalist at the Sundance Festival. His play "Total Eclipse" was a finalist in the Heidemann Competition and other plays have been performed around the country. He has just finished writing a book on acting and is currently writing a book on the art of directing.

    May 26

    Graduate Students from the Palm Desert MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program.

    June 19


UCR Palm Desert is a satellite campus of the University of California, Riverside. UCR Palm Desert sits at the heart of the Coachella Valley offering a Master’s of Business Administration program in Entrepreneurial Management through its Richard J. Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management. The Educational Center offers a Master’s of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts. Visit or call 760-834-0800 for more information.

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