Juan Felipe Herrera wins Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Juan Felipe Herrera in front of an orange patterned wall in the Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio.

U.S. Poet Laureate Emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera, a professor emeritus of Chicano and Latin American studies at Fresno State, won a Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in recognition of outstanding lifetime achievement in poetry.

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In Memoriam: Dr. Ray McKnight

Ray McKnight - Credit: Michelle Garcia/She Breathes Photography

Dr. H. Ray McKnight, a Fresno State professor emeritus of English, passed away on Aug. 5 in Richmond, California. He was 88.

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New Faces: Sean A. Gordon

Dr. Sean A. Gordon

The College of Arts and Humanities welcomes new faculty Dr. Sean A. Gordon to the Department of English. He earned a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he recently defended his dissertation, “On Being Dispersed: The Poetics of Dehiscence from ‘We the People’ to Abolition.”

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Frances Levine, longtime Fresno State supporter, dies at 94

Philip Levine with his arm around Fran as they look at each other in a black and white photo.

Frances Levine, whose gift to Fresno State of her U.S. poet laureate husband’s extensive personal book collection sparked the creation of the Philip Levine Reading Room inside the University library, passed away in Fresno on June 13. She was 94.

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Kudos to Fresno Writers – Spring 2022

A woman's hand with rings on her fingers grasps a pen tightly as she writes in a notebook.

Kudos to #FresnoWriters is an ongoing series on the Fresno State MFA blog, celebrating the professional accomplishments of students, alumni, and faculty in Fresno State’s Creative Writing Program and the Department of English.

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