Kudos to Fresno Writers – October/November 2020

Kudos to #FresnoWriters is a regular 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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Jarrar book ‘Him, Me, Muhammad Ali’ wins American Book Award

Randa Jarrar's book "Him, Me, Muhammad Ali wins American Book Award

Author Randa Jarrar, an associate professor of English at Fresno State, has won a prestigious American Book Award for her latest book, “Him, Me, Muhammad Ali.” The award, one of six presented this year, is given for outstanding contributions to diversity in American literature — “without restriction or bias with regards to race, sex, creed, cultural origin, size of press or ad budget, or genre.”

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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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Jarrar book ‘Him, Me, Muhammad Ali’ wins Story Prize award  

Randa Jarrar

~ By Jefferson Beavers, reprinted from FresnoStateNews.com Author Randa Jarrar, a Fresno State associate professor of English, won The Story Prize Spotlight Award for the best short story collection published in 2016. Jarrar’s latest book, “Him, Me, Muhammad Ali,” was published by Sarabande Books. The award, which honors works that demonstrate “an unusual perspective on the writer’s craft,” includes a […]

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Fall literary readings feature celebrated writers, film premiere

~ by Jefferson Beavers, reprinted from FresnoStateNews.com; Creative Writing Program graduate assistant Rose Galaviz contributed to this report The fall 2016 Fresno Poets’ Association Reading Series will include an acclaimed literary publisher, faculty from the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing (fresnostate.edu/creativewriting) at Fresno State and a special film premiere featuring a beloved Fresno poet. […]

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