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Latino Writer Next in "Readings" Series at UCR Palm Desert

Latino Writer Next in UCR Palm Desert’s “Readings in the Evenings”

Tijuana-born writer-poet Alex Espinoza will appear Feb. 24

(February 21, 2006)

Alex Espinoza

Alex Espinoza

Palm Desert, Calif. ( — Tijuana-born, California-raised novelist and poet Alex Espinoza will appear at UCR Palm Desert at 6 p.m., Feb. 24 as part of the “Readings in the Evenings” speaker series. Admission is free but reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 760-834-0597.

The “Readings in the Evenings” is a series of discussions and presentations by distinguished playwrights, authors, producers, directors and actors. The series began with an appearance by novelist Tod Goldberg in January and continues through June.

“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 Master of Fine Arts 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.”

Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico in 1971, the youngest of 11 children. Before receiving his bachelor’s degree in creative writing from UC Riverside, and his MFA in writing from UC Irvine, Espinoza amassed an eclectic work history.

He was a used appliance salesman, a retail manager, and an egg handler on a chicken farm in Alta Loma, Calif., experiences that added rich texture to the talent he has brought to his writing career.

Espinoza 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. His first novel, with a working title of “Still Water Saints,” will be published by Random House in 2007.

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.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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