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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Event: Hot Off the Press 2

The Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter presented its second Hot Off the Press literary reading, celebrating new books from Fresno Writers. The free event featured Ethan Chatagnier, Sarah Fawn Montgomery, and Elizabeth Schulte Martin.

Time: 6:30 to 8 PM
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Place: The Backroom at The Revue coffee shop (620 E. Olive Avenue)

Ethan Chatagnier is the author of Warnings from the Future, a story collection published in September 2018 by Acre Books. His short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review Online, Georgia Review, New England Review, Five Points, Michigan Quarterly Review, Barrelhouse, Witness, Cincinnati Review, and Ascent. His work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and listed as notable in the Million Writers Award. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Fresno State, where he won the Larry Levis Poetry Prize, and an MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. He lives with his family in Fresno.
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Sarah Fawn Montgomery is the author of Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir (The Ohio State University Press, 2018), and the poetry chapbooks Regenerate: Poems from Mad Women (Dancing Girl Press, 2017), Leaving Tracks: A Prairie Guide (Finishing Line Press, 2017), and The Astronaut Checks His Watch (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays, and her poetry and prose have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Electric Literature, LitHub, The Normal School, Passages North, The Rumpus, Southeast Review, Terrain, and others. She has worked since 2011 as the Nonficton Assistant Editor at Prairie Schooner. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Fresno State, and she is an Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University.
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Elizabeth Schulte Martin is the author of the novel Everything You Came to See, published in January 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines including New England Review, Ninth Letter, and Witness. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Fresno State. She teaches writing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she lives with her husband and son.
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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 The Revue.

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Event: Lit Splash

The Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter celebrated our second summer themed reading, Lit Splash. Admission was $5.

Time: 7 to 8:30 PM
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Place: University Courtyard Pool at Fresno State (5152 N. Barton Avenue)

READERS:
Ethan Chatagnier, Rebeca Flores, Will Freeney, Eddie P. Gomez, Marisa Gutierrez, Gloria Montez, Steven Sanchez, Beatrice Valenzuela, Sally Vogl, HAUNTIE.

Event description: Beat the infamous Central Valley heat at Lit Splash! Cool off with a wave of refreshing local literature performed live, as you enjoy popsicles, sparkling beverages, and the good company of your favorite Fresno writers. If you love poetry and prose, and if you love soaking up the sun, then Lit Splash is the literary pool party for you to dive into.

There were free snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Event: Hot Off the Press 1

The Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter presented its first Hot Off the Press literary reading, celebrating new books from Fresno Writers. The free event featured Marisol Baca, Ronald Dzerigian, and Steven Sanchez.

Time: 6:30 to 8 PM
Date: Monday, May 21, 2018
Place: Collect Coffee Bar (3142 E. Campus Point Drive)

Marisol Baca is the author of Tremor (Three Mile Harbor Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in Narrative Northeast, Riverlit, Shadowed: An Anthology of Women Writers, The Acentos Review, and others. She received her M.F.A. from Cornell University and won the Robert Chasen poetry award for her poem, Revelato. Currently, Marisol is an English professor at Fresno City College.
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Ronald Dzerigian received his M.F.A. from California State University, Fresno. His poems have appeared in the Australian Book Review, Comstock Review, Prairie Schooner, RHINO, Salamander, and others. His first full-length collection, Rough Fire, is forthcoming late summer 2018. He resides in a small farming community with his wife and two daughters.
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Steven Sanchez is the author of Phantom Tongue (Sundress Publications, 2018), selected by Mark Doty as the winner of Marsh Hawk Press’ Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. A recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo and the Lambda Literary Foundation, he is the author of two chapbooks and his poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Nimrod, Crab Creek Review, Tinderbox, Muzzle, and other publications.
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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 The Revue.

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Event: After the Final Draft

The Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter presented a free panel discussion, After the Final Draft: The Business Side of Writing.

Time: 5:30 to 7 PM
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Location: Peters Business Building, Room 192, inside the University Business Center on campus

This roundtable discussion, moderated by Steven Sanchez, featured authors David Campos, Monique Quintana, and Carole A Firstman. These Fresno State alumni explored the different ways writers approach the business side of being an author.

Some of the topics included: how to pick appropriate journals for your work, strategies for transforming a thesis into a first (chap)book, cover letter advice, opportunities to get paid for writing, how to utilize online tools like CRWOPPS, Submittable, and Duotrope, and the Poets & Writers Database, how to distinguish tiered from standard rejection letters, how to approach and engage editors, how to take advantage of fellowship and grant opportunities, and other advice panelists want to share, along with time reserved for a Q&A session. The panel aimed to leave audience members with pragmatic strategies for navigating the publishing world as authors.

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