WILLIAM “Memo” Nericcio
Professor/ Host/ Executive Producer/ Content Director/ Writer
Our host, William “Memo” Nericcio is known for his mixture of humor, intellect, irony and energy.
Memo is a Chicano literary theorist, cultural critic, American Literature scholar, and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. He also serves on the faculties of the Chicana/o Studies Department, the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences (MALAS), and the Center for Latin American Studies. His work focuses on Chicano literature and film, Mexican-American cultural studies, continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, and global popular culture.
William “Memo” Nericcio is one part English Professor, one part writer, one part Mexican American public intellectual, one part social justice advocate. With a career in academe that started at the University of Texas at Austin, continued at Cornell University, with rest stops at the University of Connecticut and now San Diego State University, Nericcio knows his way around the bowels of pointy-headed intellectual culture. But as a former bartender, short-order cook, ditch-digger, would-be rock star, actor, and dreamer, he also knows life and people in a way that is rare for University-imprisoned brainiac types. Nericcio brings this street edge to Mextasy with a wit and as style that makes him accessible, funny, smart, and, most of all, empathetic.
CARLOS B. SOLORIO
Carlos is a transborder agent; born in Tijuana, BC, Mexico and raised in San Diego, CA., USA.
His short film ‘Think’ was officially selected at the San Diego Best Fest Student Film Festival while enrolled at SDSU. He moved to Los Angeles, CA for the film experience and to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree from CSULA in TV, Film & Media Studies and intern at NALIP. His extensive experience behind the camera can been seen in documentaries such as; “Under The Bridge” (2011), “There’s Nothing Out Here” (2011), “The Graduates/Los Graduados” (2013), “Hustler’s Convention” (2015), “Chaldean Voices” (2015) and the factual-based show “Mextasy TV”. He has taught video production at San Diego Futures Foundations and Media Arts Center San Diego. He currently serves as Director of Digital Media at Reality Changers and Documentarian of Izcalli, both non-profits that promote college and indigenous culture to youth from underserved communities. His work has been published in San Diego Magazine and featured at the San Diego Museum of Art. Carlos is active with the San Diego Latino Film Festival, Prizm Process Collective and Maker Studios. He’s currently writing his debut screenplay and recently received his Master of Arts degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Miguel-Angel Soria is a filmmaker, photographer, poet/ performance artist, and educator. He has produced across diverse media including theater, audio, video, film, print, and online. A founding member of the Taco Shop Poets as well as the group’s Artistic Director, Soria’s performance work has been noted for its high energy and interactive elements. He directed and performed with the Taco Shop Poets throughout the U.S. including in the famed Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, Boston University, Casa de La Cultura, Tijuana, Mexico, La Peña Cultural Center in Berkley, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the National Museum of Mexican Arts in Chicago.
He has been published repeatedly including on the anthologies Chorizo Tonguefire and, recently, on SugarSkull Sueños. His work has been highlighted on documentaries including PBS’s Visiones and HBO’s Americanos. As a filmmaker he has produced and directed projects ranging from music videos, corporate videos, and documentaries on both sides of the border.
Soria also created, wrote and produced children’s tv show which was nominated for a regional Emmy. His newest documentary, Chaldean Voices, which he served as co-director and co-producer was recently awarded Best Feature Documentary at the San Diego Film Awards.