A lineup of spring literary readings at Fresno State will feature national award-winning authors as well as Fresno State creative writing faculty members.
The Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State is presenting six events in its Spring 2015 Reading Series with the Fresno Poets Association, from Jan. 23 to March 13. The events are are held at 7 p.m. Fridays in the Alice Peters Auditorium at the University Business Center.
The Fresno Poets Association and the Master of Fine Arts Program have worked together many years. The 2015 series creates an opportunity for the community to experience a wide range of poets and authors from across the country. While in Fresno, the poets and authors also will hold workshops with students.
“So many things are going on, (where) this is an evening of poetry and readings, and it is a good healing thing,” says Jefferson Beavers, communications specialist for the Master of Fine Arts Program. “It’s a nice evening of hearing something, Maybe, it’s inspiring; it’s different. We like to bring those voices people can hear.”
Here are the event dates and speakers:
•Jan. 23, Chelsea Wagenaar.
She is winner of the 2013 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry as well as a doctoral fellow in poetry at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where she also teaches. Her poetry collection — “Mercy Spurs the Bone” — is available from Anhinga Press.
•Jan. 30, Steven Church
. He is a Fresno State associate professor of English who, in October, was named the James and Coke Hallowell Professor of Creative Writing. He also is founding editor of “The Normal School” literary magazine. He has an essay collection, “Ultrasonic.”
•Feb. 13, Jon Veinberg.
A Fresno poet, he is a two-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts grants in poetry. His poetry — “Angels at Bus Stops” — is available from the University of Washington Press.
•Feb. 20, Marilyn Chin.
She is a five-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize and a widely anthologized author. She teaches creative writing at San Diego State. Her collection — “Hard Love Province” — is available via W.W. Norton.
•March 6, Jeffrey Schultz.
He is director of the Creative Writing Program at Pepperdine University and has a collection, “What Ridiculous Things We Can Ask of Each Other.” He earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Fresno State.
•March 13, Tim Skeen.
He is coordinator of the Fresno State Master of Fine Arts Program. His collection “Risk” won the Wine Press Poetry Prize.
Details: (559) 278-1569.