Kudos to Fresno Writers — Spring 2021

Kudos to #FresnoWriters - Creative Writing Program & Department of English

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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Dean’s Medalist: Harrison Martin

Harrison Martin

“[I]t’s my lifelong goal to continue showing the joys of interconnected humanities to more future young minds in Fresno.” ~ Harrison Martin

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Graduate Honorable Mention: Jer Xiong

Jer Xiong

“For someone like me to be here, there was a lot of luck involved, my own hard work and persistence, timely opportunities, but most of all, the support from family and community. Their care and acknowledgement drive me.” ~Jer Xiong

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Student of Distinction: Claudia Amador

Claudia Amador

“I’ve made a future goal to inspire and encourage each of my students to engage, learn, and enjoy the education that they will be receiving in my classroom.” ~ Claudia Amador

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On the Books: Ashley Wells

Headshot of author Ashley Wells in front of trees.

In a February email interview, communication specialist Jefferson Beavers spoke with Ashley about traveling the long road to publishing, finding the right moment for the horse-girl narrative, and re-imagining the American West.

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4th Fresno State Art Song Festival, 2021: Prize Winners

Top left to right: Micah Byers, Allen Gallego and Kana Kains. Bottom left to right: Lana Kains, Jeremy Boulton and Joshua Bravo

Six students were named as winners in the 4th Annual Art Song competition at Fresno State. During the competition, the poetry and composition finalists worked with vocalists to perform original works during the festival

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