Join us as the University Press celebrates its authors

University Press Author Reception

The Press at California State University, Fresno, will celebrate several of its recently published authors at a reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, in the Smittcamp Alumni House.

Featured authors and publications will include:

Book cover of "My Name is Armen"Armen Bacon, author of “My Name is Armen (Volume II), Outside the Lines.” This book is a follow-up to Bacon’s second book, “My Name is Armen – A Life in Column Inches,” which was also published by The Press, in 2014. The author says Volume II takes readers outside the margins of everyday life – always circling back, returning home – celebrating the resilience of the human spirit.

Evo Bluestein

Local folk musician and music educator Evo Bluestein, author of “Road to Sweet’s Mill: The West Coast Folk Music Revival in the 1960s and ’70s.” Bluestein wrote the book to provide a rare glimpse into a regional folk subculture of the era with archival recordings, photos, interviews and more. The book centers on Sweet’s Mill, a former logging camp that became the magnet for many key folk and old-time music figures.

Gerald R. McMenaminDr. Gerald R. McMenamin, author of “Introducción a la Lingüística Forense,” a Spanish-language textbook for college courses in forensic linguistics. McMenamin, a professor emeritus from the Department of Linguistics , wrote the first forensic linguistics course book written entirely in Spanish using data from Spanish-language cases.

The Armenian Series was established at The Press through the Armenian Studies
Program. Funding for the Armenian Series was established by the M. Victoria Karagozian Kazan and Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Endowment. Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Berberian coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program, is editor of the Armenian Series at The Press and will be on hand for the reception. The Armenian Series has published eight books, ranging from poetry to literary studies and books on author William Saroyan.

The Center for Creativity and the Arts has produced several companion catalogs to recent exhibitions: “Unsung Heroes: Do You Know Who I Am? A Pictorial Exhibit Honoring Central Valley African American Veterans” (February 2018), “Magnifying the People’s Voice: A Laureate’s Journey Across America” (November 2017) and “Elotes con Sangre, the Journey Home.” “Magnifying the People’s Voice” and “Elotes con Sangre” both capture exhibitions by U.S. poet laureate emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera.

The Normal School, a biannual literary journal produced by Fresno State’s Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. The magazine actively seeks to publish and promote work by historically under-represented and marginalized voices. The Normal School consistently earns high marks for gender parity and inclusion in
nationwide publishing surveys, and it annually earns mentions for notable essays and short stories in the Best American Anthology series.

The mission of The Press is to publish great literature by both emerging and established voices, scholarly books that expand the horizons of human knowledge, and other works that promote the rich cultural heritage of California’s Central Valley.

The Press, housed within the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State, is the only university press in the California State University system.

RSVP for the authors’ reception to Sheela by Wednesday, April 11, or 559.278.7082.


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