Provost celebrates National Poetry Month with Levine and Boone’s ‘Our Valley’

"Our Valley" Poetry by Philip Levine, Music by Benjamin Boone from "The Poetry of Jazz, vol. 1"

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Fresno State Provost Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval offers a message of how poetry contributes to a greater sense of community and presents “Our Valley” a fusion of poetry and music by Philip Levine, an emeritus professor of English at Fresno State and former poet laureate of the United States, and Benjamin Boone, a Fresno State Music professor.

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Making Joy

Benjamin Boone, Frank Kissi, Bernard Ayisa, UVSL Studio, Accra

It was hot! It was the summer of 2018 in the city of Accra, about 400 miles north of the equator, and Benjamin Boone and the Ghana Jazz Collective had gathered in the UVSL recording studio — a white concrete building down one of the many dirt side roads. Even with the high-tech equipment, to get clean recordings, the studio had to turn off the air conditioning during recording sessions.

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‘The Poetry of Jazz’ by Philip Levine and Benjamin Boone ranked #3 Jazz Album of the Year by Downbeat Magazine

Philip Levine, Benjamin Boone and the band in the studio

What started as a jazz project between two Fresno State colleagues has earned the respect of Downbeat Magazine readers who rank “The Poetry of Jazz” the number three Jazz Album of the Year in the 2018 Readers Poll. The poll results appeared in the December 2018 issue and praised the performance of Pulitzer-winning poet laureate […]

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Encountering the Other

Music student Chris Carreon and Professor Benjamin Boone

Music and journalism project focuses on understanding other cultures ~ By Kathleen R. Schock, excerpted from the June issue of the Fresno State Magazine, Photos by Cary Edmondson View Photo Gallery Growing up in Stockton, Chris Carreon watched a lot of movies. Big blockbusters like Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Back to the Future. He […]

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This month in the Arts and Humanities

Even though it’s summer, we’re still celebrating huge stories of achievement and success this month in the College of Arts and Humanities. From our students to our faculty and alums, here are some top stories from the month of June. Fresno State alum wins on Jeopardy! Peter Guekguezian thrilled audiences of the popular trivia game […]

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