Anthony Cody – Everywhere I Sleep, 2 of 15

Anthony Cody

Everywhere I sleep, I see Dust Bowl (2 of 15)

Multimedia collage, after Dorothea Lange’s photo “Between Tulare and Fresno on U.S. 99. Highway gas tanks and signboard approaching town. See general caption” (1939)

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Anthony Cody’s artist statement:

For 15 consecutive nights, in the summer of 2019, I would scour the public domain for images and sounds related to the Dust Bowl era. Very often, I would return to the imagery of Dorothea Lange in her efforts to document the Dust Bowl via the Farm Security Administration. My final waking moments of each day were centered on meditating upon my discoveries, and each morning I’d awaken, have a cup of coffee, and construct a poem. As an homage to the series, I decided I would create each poem on a 15 inch by 15 inch page. The series centers around my current work, which focuses upon the Dust Bowl, climate change, whiteness, capitalism, and technology.

Anthony Cody – Everywhere I Sleep, 1 of 15

Anthony Cody

Everywhere I sleep, I see Dust Bowl (1 of 15)

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Anthony Cody’s artist statement:

For 15 consecutive nights, in the summer of 2019, I would scour the public domain for images and sounds related to the Dust Bowl era. Very often, I would return to the imagery of Dorothea Lange in her efforts to document the Dust Bowl via the Farm Security Administration. My final waking moments of each day were centered on meditating upon my discoveries, and each morning I’d awaken, have a cup of coffee, and construct a poem. As an homage to the series, I decided I would create each poem on a 15 inch by 15 inch page. The series centers around my current work, which focuses upon the Dust Bowl, climate change, whiteness, capitalism, and technology.

Marathon #1 – October 2019

Marathon #1

October 1-31, 2019

Featuring Anthony Cody, Jeffrey Schultz, and Marisol Baca.

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Anthony Cody

October 2-16, 2019

MFA Creative Writing, Fresno State, 2020; BA English, Fresno State, 2004

Anthony Cody is the author of Borderland Apocrypha (Omnidawn, 2020), which won the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Prize. He is a CantoMundo fellow, an associate poetry editor for Noemi Press, and he currently serves as a graduate fellow in the Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio at Fresno State, where he studies poetry in the MFA Creative Writing Program.

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Jeffrey Schultz

October 9-23, 2019

MFA Creative Writing, University of Oregon, 2003; BA English, Fresno State, 2001

Jeffrey Schultz is the author of two National Poetry Series selections: Civil Twilight (Ecco, 2017) and What Ridiculous Things We Could Ask of Each Other (Georgia, 2014). Along with his wife and partner-in-all-things, Leah, he lives in Los Angeles, surrounded by a seemingly ever-increasing brood of rescue animals.

 

Marisol Baca

October 16-30, 2019

MFA Creative Writing, Cornell University, 2007; BA English, Fresno State, 2003

Marisol Baca is the author of Tremor (Three Mile Harbor, 2018). In 2019, she was named Fresno Poet Laureate. She is the first woman to hold this appointment, and her poem “The Origin of Certain Place Names: for Fresno” was designated the city’s official poem. She is an English professor at Fresno City College, and she has established a community for women writers of color that seeks to support and uplift their writing endeavors.

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Event: Hot Off the Press 4

The Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter presented its fourth Hot Off the Press literary reading, celebrating new books from Fresno Writers. The free event featured Sara Borjas, Lena Mahmoud, and Monique Quintana.

Time: 4 to 5:30 PM
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2018
Location: Collect Coffee Bar (3142 E. Campus Point Drive)

Sara Borjas is a Xicanx pocha and a Fresno poet. Her debut collection of poetry, “Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff” was published by Noemi Press in March 2019. She co-hosts and produces “The Lovesick Poetry Podcast” — a west coast poetry podcast launching in 2019, alongside IRL cousin and award-winning poet Joseph Rios. Sara is a 2017 CantoMundo Fellow, a 2016 Postgraduate Writers Conference Fellow at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a 2013 Community of Writers Workshop at Squaw Valley Fellow. She is the recipient of the 2014 Blue Mesa Poetry Prize and a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. She lives in Los Angeles but stays rooted in Fresno.
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Lena Mahmoud is the author of “AMREEKIYA,“ named one of Foreword’s “Four Phenomenal Debut Novels” of 2018 and described in Library Journal’s starred review as “relevant for people worldwide.” Her debut novel was published by the University Press of Kentucky in October 2018. Lena was a finalist for the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize from Feminist Press, and she has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. Her work has also appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Sukoon, and A Gathering Together, among other publications.
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Monique Quintana is a Senior Associate Editor at Luna Luna Magazine and the Fiction Editor for Five 2 One Magazine. Her work has appeared in Queen Mob’s Tea House, Winter Tangerine, Huizache, and the Acentos Review, among other publications. She is a fiction fellow of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Workshop, an alumna of the Sundress Academy of the Arts, and has been nominated for Best of the Net. Her debut novella, “Cenote City,“ is newly released from Clash Books.
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Author books were for sale, as well as a limited-edition chapbook featuring pieces from all three writers. Food and drinks were available for purchase from Collect Coffee Bar.

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Event: Hot Off the Press 3

The Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter presented its third Hot Off the Press literary reading, celebrating new books from Fresno Writers. The free event featured Michelle Brittan Rosado, Brian Dunlap, and Tanya Nichols.

Time: 4 to 5:30 PM
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Place: Full Circle Olympic (1426 N. Van Ness Avenue)

An alumna of the Fresno State MFA program, Michelle Brittan Rosado is the author of Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, which won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and published by University of Wisconsin Press in November 2018. Her chapbook, Theory on Falling into a Reef, was the winner of the inaugural Rick Campbell Prize (Anhinga Press, 2016). Her poems have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Poet Lore, and The New Yorker, as well as multiple anthologies. She is currently a Wallis Annenberg Endowed Fellow and PhD candidate in Creative Writing & Literature at the University of Southern California. She lives in Long Beach.
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An alumnus of the Fresno State MFA program, Brian Dunlap is a native Angeleño who still lives in Los Ángeles. He explores and captures the city’s stories that are hidden in plain sight. He is the author of the chapbook Concrete Paradise (2018) from Finishing Line Press. He won the 2018 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize from december magazine, judged by former Los Ángeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez. His poems and book reviews have been published in Angel City Review, CCM-Entropy, California Quarterly, and Dryland, among others. He runs a blog site that explores L.A.’s vast literary culture.
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An alumna of the Fresno State MFA program, Tanya Nichols is the author of two novels, The Circle Game and The Barber’s Wife, both published by Alternative Book Press. Her work has appeared in North Carolina Literary Review, Sycamore Review, In the Grove, and San Joaquin Review. She teaches writing and literature courses at Fresno State, she serves as the coordinator of the university’s annual Young Writers’ Conference, and serves as editor-in-chief and faculty adviser for the San Joaquin Review journal.
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Author books were for sale, as well as a limited-edition chapbook featuring pieces from all three writers. Drinks were available for purchase from Full Circle Olympic.

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Archive recordings coming soon