‘Normal’ authors share stories of diaspora, memory

The Normal School Fall Reading with Jericho Parms (left) and Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas (right)

Nonfiction authors Jericho Parms and Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas will read from their work at The Normal School fall reading event on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Fresno State. The evening will feature readings from each of the authors’ latest works, followed by a reception and book signing. The Normal School reading is free and open to the public.

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Remembering, honoring Poet Laureate Philip Levine

Philip Levine

California State University, Fresno continues to find new ways to honor the late U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor emeritus of English, more than two years after his death. In May 2017, Fresno State dedicated the new Philip Levine Reading Room inside the Henry Madden Library, a room that now houses Levine’s extensive collection of more than 2,000 books. Levine’s wife, Frances, donated their personal library, a gift made to inspire future generations of poets and readers.

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Summer Arts culminates in Student Showcases

Lauren Lavin presents at the Hybrid Poetics Student Showcase.

 Photo above by Todd Sharp: Lauren Lavin reads her poem during the Hybrid Poetics and Narratives Student Showcase. ~ By Lisa Maria Boyles, communications specialist for the College of Arts and Humanities Summer Arts is sparking a fire at Fresno State. The month-long festival is transforming more than 400 students from Fresno and beyond. Summer […]

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English alumni inspire high school writers and teachers at campus conference

Young Writers Conference

~ Photo above (taken by Jefferson Beavers): Department of English lecturer Tanya Nichols, who has coordinated the Young Writers’ Conference for more than a decade, welcomes area high school students and teachers to campus. ~ Video by Jenny Toste, University Communications ~ Article by Jefferson Beavers, communications specialist for the Department of English Two alumni […]

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LitHop festival features Fresno State student writers and faculty

LitHop with Randa Jarrar and Gary Soto

~ By Jefferson Beavers, reprinted from FresnoStateNews.com More than 150 writers will gather in Fresno’s Tower District Saturday, April 29 for LitHop 2017, a free literary festival that will be headlined by Fresno State alumnus and author Gary Soto. At least half of the 150 writers performing at LitHop have connections to Fresno State as […]

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Fresno State Talks lecture series covers chemistry, camaraderie and Bob Dylan

Fresno State Talks

~ By Kathleen Schock, reprinted from FresnoStateNews.com Three Fresno State professors — nominated and selected by students for their abilities to engage, challenge and inspire — will share their bold ideas and discoveries with the public during the fifth annual Fresno State Talks lecture series in February. The free, public lectures will be Feb. 8, […]

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