Reading series features Fresno State alumnus and radio producer turned author

Promo photo for Fresno Poets' Association Reading Series featuring Glover Davis and Shawn Wen

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The fall Fresno Poets’ Association Reading Series will include an accomplished poet alumnus from Fresno State, a public radio producer from Youth Radio and the faculty from the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State.

All readings in the series will be held at 7 p.m. at the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Business Building, Room 191) in the University Business Center. Admission is free. Parking is recommended in lots P5 and P6 and is free for the Friday reading only. On the other nights, a free parking code is available by calling 559.278.1569.

Friday, Sept. 15 – Glover Davis

A professor emeritus of creative writing at San Diego State University, and an alumnus of Fresno State and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Davis is the author of six poetry collections including “My Cap of Darkness” and the forthcoming “Against Winter.” His work has appeared in journals including The Southern Review, Poetry, The Yale Review, Prairie Schooner and the New England Review.

Thursday, Oct. 12 – Fresno State creative writing faculty

Readers will include:

  • Steven Church, author of the nonfiction book “One with the Tiger.”
  • Corrinne Clegg Hales, author of the poetry collection “To Make It Right.”
  • John Hales, author of the nonfiction book “Shooting Polaris.”
  • Randa Jarrar, author of the book of stories “Him, Me, Muhammad Ali.”
  • Tim Skeen, author of the poetry collection “Risk.”

Thursday, Nov. 2 – Shawn Wen

A writer, public radio producer and multimedia artist, Wen is the author of the nonfiction book, “A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause,” a book-length essay on the mime Marcel Marceau. Her writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, the Seneca Review, The Iowa Review and the anthology “City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis.” Her radio work has broadcast on This American Life, Freakonomics Radio, Marketplace and Youth Radio.

Creative Writing Program graduate assistant Manivone Sayasone contributed to this report.

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