By Jefferson Beavers, communication specialist, Department of English
Creative writing students from the Fresno State Master of Fine Arts program will headline the “Fresno Writers Live” performances at the 2020 Rogue Festival, scheduled March 6 through 14 in Fresno’s Tower District.
Fresno Writers Live will feature the latest poetry and prose from 15 Fresno writers in four storytelling and spoken-word shows. The shows will include 12 graduate students and three undergraduate students from the Department of English.
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 $5 Rogue Festival wristband. The shows are rated PG-13 and no latecomers will be admitted.
Friday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. — Curated by the Chicanx Writers and Artists Association, this show features graduate students Mariah Bosch, Aidan Castro, and Esmeralda Gamez, with undergrad student Ceci Hernandez Monjaras.
Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. — Curated by Hmong American Ink and Stories, this show features graduate students Nou Her, Yia Lee, and Jer Xiong, with undergrad student Gaoyong Yang-Vang.
Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m. — Curated by the San Joaquin Literary Association, this show features graduate students Elizabeth Bolaños, Carolina Mata, and Melinda Medeiros, with undergrad student Ceci Hernandez Monjaras.
Saturday, March 14 at 4:15 p.m. — Curated by the Chicanx Writers and Artists Association, this show features graduate students L.S. Arévalo, Erika Ceballos, and Bradley Samore, with undergrad student Rodolfo Avelar.
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.