A Fresno State English professor was one of 38 authors who were awarded a $25,000 fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.
Alex Espinoza and the 37 other authors were chosen from a field of 1,300 candidates. The fellowship award is meant to give an author time for writing, research, travel and general career advancement.
Espinoza has written two novels, "Still Water Saints" in 2007 and "The Five Acts of Diego Leon" in March, and his work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the American Book Review and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."
Espinoza teaches creative writing in the English department and is the interim chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies program.