~ By Jefferson Beavers, communications specialist, Department of English

Graduate creative writing students from the Fresno State Master of Fine Arts program will headline the “Fresno Writers Live” performances at the 17th annual Rogue Festival, scheduled March 1-10 in Fresno’s Tower District.

Fresno Writers Live will feature the latest poetry and prose from 16 Fresno writers in four storytelling and spoken-word shows. The shows will include nine grad students and one alumna from the Creative Writing Program, as well as two Fresno State undergraduate students, English faculty Dr. Samina Najmi, and three community friends.

All of the Fresno Writers Live shows will be held at Spectrum Art Gallery, 608 E. Olive Ave. Tickets cost $7 per show, after a one-time purchase of a $3 Rogue Festival wristband. The shows are rated PG-13 and no latecomers will be admitted. Advance tickets are available.

Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m. — Hira Amin, Will Christensen, Esmeralda Gamez and Tara Williams. The first show lineup is curated by the San Joaquin Literary Association student organization.

Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m. — Jack Chavoor, Nou Her, Kirk Lua and Jessica Turney.

Sunday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m. — Mayra Cano, Krystal Cantú, Adrian Carli and Jackie Huertaz. The third show lineup is curated by the Chicanx Writers and Artists Association student organization.

Saturday, March 10 at 4:15 p.m. — Aideed Medina, Samina Najmi, Natalia Rangel and Maya Vannini. The fourth show lineup is curated as a special mother-daughter reading by the Fresno Women’s Reading Series, a community collective of creative writers.

In advance of the Rogue shows, Najmi and her daughter, Vannini, will appear on the Art Attack radio program on KFCF Free Speech Radio. The show will air at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, on 88.1 FM locally or streaming live at KFCF.org.

Located in the heart of California, the Fresno State Creative Writing Program enjoys a 60-year history of literary excellence. The program features graduate training in the advanced study of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

The Rogue Festival is an annual non-juried fringe festival that celebrates independent artists in theatre, music, dance, film, spoken word, performance art, puppetry and magic. The event is among the largest cultural arts events in California.