Krystal Cantu, Student of Distinction

Krystal Cantu

In the Fall of 2018, a serious car accident fractured Krystal Cantu’s spine in three places — challenging her determination to continue her education. In her perseverance, she has continued to thrive in her education — earning further respect from the English department faculty and colleagues.

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Kudos to Fresno Writers: March 2019

Kudos to Fresno Writers

Compiled by Jefferson BeaversRepublished from “We Grow Writers” Kudos to #FresnoWriters is a new monthly series on the Fresno State MFA blog, celebrating the professional accomplishments of students, alumni, and faculty in the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at Fresno State. J.J. Anselmi (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Announced the publication of his second […]

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California author Mark Irwin wins 2018 Levine Prize for Poetry

Author Mark Irwin

The Fresno State Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing announced California author Mark Irwin as the winner of the 2018 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry book contest, which includes a $2,000 award and publication of his 10th book, “Shimmer.”

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Peter Everwine, poet and Fresno State professor emeritus, dies at 88

Peter Everwine, Poet and Emeritus Professor at Fresno State

By Jefferson Beavers Dr. Peter Everwine, a professor emeritus of English at Fresno State and nationally acclaimed poet and translator, died in Fresno on Oct. 28 at the age of 88. Services for Mr. Everwine are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Nov. 10 at Farewell Funeral Services, 660 W. Locust Ave. #101 in Fresno. The […]

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Symposium embraces complexities of late alumnus, poet

Juan Felipe Herrera speaks at a national poetry symposium, “Together We’ll Be a Song: A Celebration of Andrés Montoya.”

Photo above: Juan Felipe Herrera gave a rousing keynote to open the symposium, followed by readings by winners of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize with Francisco Aragón. ~ Article and photos by Jefferson Beavers, communications specialist, Department of English More than 30 published authors from all over the country, including U.S. Poet Laureate Emeritus Juan Felipe […]

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Creative Writing students perform at 2018 Rogue Festival

Fresno Writers Live at this year's Rogue Festival

Graduate creative writing students from the Fresno State Master of Fine Arts program will headline the “Fresno Writers Live” performances at the 17th annual Rogue Festival, scheduled March 1-10 in Fresno’s Tower District.

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Alabama author wins 2017 Levine Prize for Poetry

Tina Mozelle Braziel is the 2017 winner of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry

The Fresno State Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing announced Alabama author Tina Mozelle Braziel as the winner of the 2017 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry book contest, which includes a $2,000 award and publication of her debut full-length book, “Known by Salt.”

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‘Normal’ magazine earns high marks for inclusion, notable essays

The Normal School literary magazine wins accolades

~ By Jefferson Beavers, communications specialist, Department of English, reprinted from FresnoStateNews.com Fresno State’s locally grown, nationally known literary magazine, The Normal School, has again earned high marks for gender parity in a nationwide report. The magazine also had five essays and stories mentioned in the newest editions of the annual Best American series. Founded […]

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