Fresno’s David Campos has won a top honor for his poetry.
The Fresno City College teacher received the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize for 2014 for his collection of poetry, “Furious Dusk” (University of Notre Dame Press, $17).
Contest judge Rhina P. Espaillat describes Campos’ winning collection as “a work whose five parts trace a son’s efforts — only partially successful — to fulfill his father’s expectations and — perhaps even more difficult — understand those expectations enough to forgive them.”
The award is named after the late California native and author of the award-winning book “The Iceworker Sings.” The prize supports the work of emerging Latino poets.
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Campos’ other works have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Miramar and The Packinghouse Review.
“Furious Dusk” is available on Amazon.com.
• Loren Gregory will sign copies of his book, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” at the Family Christian Store, 3072 W. Shaw Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25.
The book tells the story of Dr. Robert Benson, a professor of anthropology who faces challenges in the classroom and in his personal life.
Gregory, the senior pastor of the First Church of God in Merced, has a passion to educate people in the biblical worldview. His bachelor’s degree in biblical theology is from Friends International Christian University.
For more information, go to lorengregory.com.
• Manuel G. Gonzales will be at the Mendota Library, 1246 Belmont Ave., from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, to sign copies of “Mendota: Life and Times of an Emerging Latino Community, 1891-2012.” The book is $24.
Other books of local interest
• “A Matter of Control” (WesBowPress, $21.28): Jody Solinski, who grew up in Fresno and Clovis, was recently named one of three national winners in the Aspiring Authors Writing Contest.
There were more than 500 entries in the competition, sponsored by WestBow Press and Parable bookstores.
Solinski’s “A Mater of Control” took second place overall. The prize was a publishing package through WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson.
Solinski grew up in southeast Fresno. Her maiden name is Jody Peterson, and she attended Temperance Kutner Elementary School, Clark Intermediate School and Clovis High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from UC Irvine before returning to Fresno State to get her teaching credential. She worked at Clovis West High School for seven years before moving to Northern California.
• “Manuel Zamora, Gunsmith to the Stars” (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $19.99): Cory Zamora’s book is a behind the scenes look at moviemaking through her father’s work. Manuel Zamora was recognized in Hollywood for his expertise in armaments, including making the iconic gun for the TV series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
It’s available at Amazon.
• “Goodbye Antoura: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide” (Stanford University Press, $25): Author Karnig Panian tells the story of the genocide through his eyes, from when he was 5 through the end of World War I. He was among nearly 1,000 Armenian and 400 Kurdish children left to survive at an orphanage without adult care.