On the Books: Andrea Mortimer Rhoads

Andrea Mortimer Rhoads

This month marks the fifth anniversary of Andrea Mortimer Rhoads’s death; she passed away July 24, 2014. In a June email interview, MFA communication specialist Jefferson Beavers spoke with Vuong Quoc Vu about his deep connection to Andrea’s poetry, the process of pulling together a posthumous collection to honor her, and how Andrea’s work fits into the tradition of Fresno writers.

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Creative Writing Alumni Chapter hosts literary reading at Campus Pointe

Hot of the Press event image

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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On the Books: Monique Quintana

Monique Quintana

She is an associate editor at Luna Luna Magazine, fiction editor at Five 2 One Magazine, and a pop culture contributor at Clash Books. She has received fellowships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and she has been nominated for Best of the Net.

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Provost Awards honor CAH faculty

Dr. Melanie Hernandez, Faith Sidlow and Steven Church

The Provost’s Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the outstanding teaching, research and service that is central to the mission of Fresno State. Honorees provide students with a stimulating environment that fosters learning and affirms the University as an intellectual and cultural leader in the Central Valley.

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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 #FresnoWriters: February 2019

Kudos to #FresnoWriters

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.

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Creative Writing MFA student Mariah Bosch to perform experimental spoken word at Rogue Festival

Composer EJ Hinojosa and Fresno State MFA student Mariah Bosch

First-year MFA student Mariah Bosch and composer EJ Hinojosa’s Rogue show, “Triptych,” brings music and spoken word together in “an experimental collaboration characterized by risk and heartfelt contemplation.” The poetry explores themes of past, present, and future, while the music synthesizes jazz, rock, and baroque styles inspired by the poetry.

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