Monday, December 07, 2015

Daniel Olivas enters Prof. William A. Nericcio’s Hallucinating Mirrors

On November 19, 2015, I had a wonderful experience visiting Prof. William A.Nericcio's Hallucinating Mirrors class at San Diego State University. I read a few selections, answered some great, insightful questions, and signed books. I am told there were 300 students in attendance.

Prof. William A. Nericcio and friends.

Prof. Nericcio is the Director of MALAS, the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences program. He is also a professor of English and Comparative Literature and Chicana/o Studies, and serves on the faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies.

Not only was I treated like a king by Prof. Nericcio, his assistants (Carlos Kelly and Brandon Brookes), and his students, but I, as a writer, could ask for nothing more wonderful than discussing my work with young, curious, and vibrant minds. In this case, the class had been assigned my first nonfiction book, Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews (San Diego State University Press, 2014). Here are a few images from that lovely visit.

The students begin to enter as T.A. Carlos Kelly barks out orders.

A rapt audience as I read a selection.

Are they Tweeting about my reading?

Book signing in the shade of a lovely tree.

Prof. William A. Nericcio in command.

A very SDSU way to sit.

Happy fish not studying for finals.

My remarkable campus tour guides: Brandon Brookes and Carlos Kelly.

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