Creative Writing Alumni Chapter hosts literary reading at Campus Pointe

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The Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter presents “Hot Off the Press 4” from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Collect Coffee Bar (3142 E. Campus Pointe Dr.) at Campus Pointe. The reading will celebrate new books from Fresno writers Sara Borjas, Lena Mahmoud and Monique Quintana.

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Life After Grad School: Leo Rowland

Leo Rowland

“I strongly believe in the value of not turning away from science or business or social sciences if you are grounded in the arts, and vice-versa.” – Leo Rowland

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English faculty serves as grand marshal for 108th Commencement

Chris Henson

As grand marshal, bearing the mace — the ornamented wood staff carried by the Commencement ceremony’s senior faculty member — carried added significance for Henson. Her husband served as the ceremony’s grand marshal and mace-bearer at least three times before his retirement. Zumwalt was back in attendance this year to watch Henson march in.

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Seven Creative Writing Alumni Publish First Books in 2017-18

Seven Creative Writing Alumni Publish First Books in 2017-18

Seven alumni authors from the Fresno State Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing published their first books in 2017 and 2018, following a record publishing year in 2016. In total, 15 of the program’s alumni have now published their first books in the past three years.

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Graduate student symposium features keynote on the humanities and hope

SESA Symposium Keynote Speaker Dr. Steve Adisasmito-Smith

~ By Jefferson Beavers, communication specialist, Department of English English faculty and award-winning translator Dr. Steve Adisasmito-Smith will deliver a keynote address entitled “The Humanities: An Evolving Hope” as part of the second annual Students of English Studies Association symposium on Dec. 13 and 14 on campus. Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, dean of the College of […]

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Debut books by new English faculty win national awards

Authors Venita Blackburn and Joseph Cassara

By Jefferson Beavers Authors Joseph Cassara and Venita Blackburn, both new assistant professors of English at Fresno State, have each won national awards for their debut books. TheLos Angeles Press Club recognized Cassara’s novel, “The House of ImpossibleBeauties,” as Best Fiction Book 2018 in its 11th National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. The awards were given at […]

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‘Normal’ magazine again among nation’s best for inclusion, notable essays

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By Jefferson Beavers For the fourth year in a row, Fresno State’s locally grown, nationally known literary magazine, The Normal School, has earned high marks for gender parity in a nationwide report. The magazine also had four essays mentioned in the newest editions of the annual Best American series. The Normal School was again celebrated in […]

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‘Normal’ Authors Explore Narratives of Family, Growth, and Identity

Angela Morales and Bich Minh Nguyen

By Jefferson Beavers Authors Beth Bich Minh Nguyen and Angela Morales will read from their work at The Normal School fall reading event on Friday, Dec. 7, inside The Backroom at The Revue coffee bar, 620 E. Olive Ave. The authors are returning to Fresno after teaching this past summer in The Normal School’s Creative Nonfiction […]

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