Feel proud Fresno. We got a little more love from one of the nation’s leading magazines.
The New Yorker, in its May 15 issue, praises the work of Fresno poet Mai Der Vang’s debut book of poetry, “Afterland.” The writer, Dan Chiasson, a poet himself and teacher at Wellesley College, writes glowingly about Vang’s prose.
“Vang writes strikingly, often chillingly visual poems, their images projected one at a time, like slides in a lecture, or perhaps in a trial,” Chiasson writes.
Vang has received national acclaim before, having won the prestigious national 2016 Walt Whitman Award.
As a young poet, she also joins a growing list of homegrown literary talents that includes current national poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, a position held several years ago by the late Philip Levine of Fresno.
The latest boost to Fresno’s sometimes bruised ego comes on the heels of a New York Times column by writer Mike McPhate, who defended the city as decent place to live.
Who knows, maybe the rest of us will start feeling that way.