Author Talk: American Wings, Iranian Roots

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About the Program 


All Cal State Fullerton students, faculty, staff, emeriti and the public are invited to enjoy an author talk with Kristin Orloff, CSUF alumna (Language Arts 1988, Education Administration 2002). Kristin will discuss her book titled American Wings, Iranian Roots, along with Reza Abedi, CSUF alumnus (Physical Education & Spanish 1990, Teaching Credential 1991), and gold medal wrestler. 

  • Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Pollak Library, PLN-130
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Parking: $8.00 Day Pass (normal campus rules apply)

Light refreshments will be served.

Kristin and Reza will be available for questions and a book signing following the presentation.

Books will be available for purchase for $15.


Program Sponsors

This program is made possible through sponsorship from the Pollak Library and the College of Education.


About American Wings, Iranian Roots


A gold medal wrestler, Reza's inspiring life celebrates honor, family and freedom. After bloody battles in the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Reza desires a fate beyond Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran. On the last night of the 1982 Military World Wrestling Championships, he grips his gold medal hoping the American wrestlers will help him defect. Struggling to choose between his own freedom and the revenge killing of his family, Reza’s amazing journey begins.

Interlaced with the author's American point of view, the nonfiction narrative about Reza’s life titled American Wings, Iranian Roots connects two societies with meaning and purpose—thus creating the perfect platform for authentic conversations regarding the relationship between Iran and America, current Middle Eastern events, and Iranian society.


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Kristin Orloff holds a Masters degree in Education and a B.A. in Language Arts. She currently serves as a school site administrator and project manager for her local college. She has published several works, mentors young writers, and is an active member of her local writing community. Her passionate commitment to create opportunities for authentic conversation regarding Iranian culture, history and identity began with a simple conversation at a Little League field. This conversation, with gold medal wrestler and hall of fame coach Reza Abedi, has since changed her life.


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Location & Floor Map

This event is being held in room PLN-130 in the First Floor North of Pollak Library.