Creative Writing Alumni Chapter presents a literary reading in the Tower District

Michelle Brittan Rosado, Brian Dunlap and Tanya Nichols

The Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter presents “Hot Off the Press 3” from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at Full Circle Olympic, 1426 N. Van Ness Ave., in the Tower District.

The reading will celebrate new books from Fresno writers Michelle Brittan Rosado, Brian Dunlap, and Tanya Nichols. All three authors are alumni of the Fresno State Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing program. Admission is free and the authors’ books will be available for purchase.

Michelle Brittan Rosado

An alumna of the Fresno State MFA program, Michelle Brittan Rosado is the author of Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, which won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and published by University of Wisconsin Press in November 2018. Her chapbook, Theory on Falling into a Reef, was the winner of the inaugural Rick Campbell Prize (Anhinga Press, 2016). Her poems have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Poet Lore, and The New Yorker, as well as multiple anthologies. She is currently a Wallis Annenberg Endowed Fellow and PhD candidate in Creative Writing & Literature at the University of Southern California. She lives in Long Beach.
Website: http://www.michellebrittanrosado.com/

Brian Dunlap

An alumnus of the Fresno State MFA program, Brian Dunlap is a native Angeleño who still lives in Los Ángeles. He explores and captures the city’s stories that are hidden in plain sight. He is the author of the chapbook Concrete Paradise (2018) from Finishing Line Press. He won the 2018 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize from december magazine, judged by former Los Ángeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez. His poems and book reviews have been published in Angel City Review, CCM-Entropy, California Quarterly, and Dryland, among others. He runs a blog site that explores L.A.’s vast literary culture.
Website: www.losangelesliterature.wordpress.com

Tanya Nichols

An alumna of the Fresno State MFA program, Tanya Nichols is the author of two novels, The Circle Game and The Barber’s Wife, both published by Alternative Book Press. Her work has appeared in North Carolina Literary Review, Sycamore Review, In the Grove, and San Joaquin Review. She teaches writing and literature courses at Fresno State, she serves as the coordinator of the university’s annual Young Writers’ Conference, and serves as editor-in-chief and faculty adviser for the San Joaquin Review journal.
Website: http://www.tanyanichols.net/

Jefferson Beavers contributed to this article.


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