Local community colleges hire English and creative writing grads

Emily Froese (MA English) at College of the Sequoias; Cody Hoover (MA English) at Clovis Community College; Kristen Norton (MFA Creative Writing) at Fresno City College; and Monique Quintana (MFA Creative Writing) at Fresno City College.

These educators are dedicated teachers with a range of classroom experiences — from graduate teaching associate positions at Fresno State, to area high schools and community colleges — and they represent the latest standouts among our English and Creative Writing graduate program alumni who’ve decided to keep their higher-ed teaching work at home in the Central Valley.

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Fresno State Creative Writing MFA faculty reading

The Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State presents an afternoon with the Fresno State MFA Faculty as part of the Fresno Poets’ Association reading series, hosted by Brynn Saito at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Woodward Park Regional Library, 944 E. Perrin Ave.

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Acclaimed Author Lacy M. Johnson to speak at Fresno State

Lacy M. Johnson

Lacy M. Johnson is author of “The Reckonings” (Scribner, 2018), which was named a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in criticism and one of the best books of 2018 by the Boston Globe, Electric Literature, Autostraddle, Book Riot, and Refinery29.

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In conversation: Mai Der Vang

Mai Der Vang

As part of the College of Arts and Humanities blog series on new faces in the college, we introduce you to an accomplished professor and author who is joining the Department of English and the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing for academic year 2019-20.

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Reading Series Features Past, Present, and Emeriti Faculty

Fresno State English Department faculty

The fall 2019 Fresno Poets’ Association reading series lineup will celebrate past and present Fresno State faculty, including an opening reading with an accomplished novelist and a retiring poet professor from the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.

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Kudos to Fresno Writers: June July 2019

Kudos to Fresno Writers

Kudos to #FresnoWriters is a 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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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

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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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