Re-Imagining the California Dream (MELUS/USACLALS Conference)

Saturday Apr 21 2012   3:30 PM
Fairmont Hotel  170 South Market St., San Jose, CA  map

Four Heyday authors, Gary Noy, Aparajita Nanda, Ruth Nolan, and Rick Heide, will participate in a panel, “Re-Imagining the California Dream: Developing a New Cultural Narrative,” at the 26th Annual MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) and 6th Annual USACLALS (United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies) Combined Conference. This event is sponsored by Santa Clara University.

Registration required; for more information contact Terry Beers at (408) 554-4335 or visit

Ruth NolanRuth Nolan is a poet and writer whose works have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies, including Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California's Inland Empire, which was published by Heyday. A former wildland firefighter for the BLM California Desert District, she holds her B.A. in English from California State University, San Bernardino, and M.A. in English/Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University. She is Associate Professor of English at College of the Desert and lives in Palm Desert.
Gary Noy

A Sierra Nevada native and current resident, Gary Noy taught history at Sierra College from 1987 until 2012. He founded the Sierra College Center for Sierra Nevada Studies and served as its director until his retirement. His previous titles include Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues (Heyday, 2014), which won the Gold Medal for Best Regional Nonfiction from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology (Heyday, 2010), which he coedited, and Distant Horizon: Documents from the 19th Century American West (University of Nebraska Press, 1999). Visit his website at