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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Back to the Bucket, Fall 2017

The Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter celebrated our second community reading and mixer, Back to the Bucket. Admission was free.

Time: 5 to 7 PM
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Location: The Bucket Grill & Pub on campus

Cindy Bradley, Mariah Bosch, Phyllis Brotherton, Wayne Brown, Marisa Mata, Angela Corbett, Eddie P. Gomez, J.J. Hernandez, Sean Kinneen, Esmeralda Gamez, Carleigh Takemoto.

The chapter welcomed ALL creative writing alumni from Fresno State to participate, including those with an MFA (1995 to present) as well as those with a BA or MA in English or another discipline who have studied creative writing here at any time. There was a drawing featuring books by local authors, with proceeds benefiting the chapter. Food and drinks were available for purchase from The Bucket.

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Lit Pup

The Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter celebrated our first summer themed reading, Lit Pup.

Time: 3 to 5 PM
Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Place: Gazebo Gardens Nursery (3204 N. Van Ness Boulevard)

The event brought together the love of literature and the love of dogs for one doggone poetic event! It featured literary readings and a competition among dog owners who dressed their dogs as their favorite authors.

Emilia Borjas, Wayne Brown, Katreena Duback, Margarita Engle, Carole A. Firstman, Eddie P. Gomez, Alysha Hoffa, Erica Hughes, Aaron Poochigian, Monique Quintana.

FREE Admission. Food trucks. Beer garden. FUN for all ages. NO CATS ALLOWED. Entry for dog competition was $5.

One small dog and one large dog won prizes from Whitie’s Pets as selected by our judges: Mary Castro, First Lady of Fresno State; Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Dean, College of Arts and Humanities; and Bryan Medina, Poet Laureate of Fresno.

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Event: Fresno Writers Read

The Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter presented an evening with alumni authors Dixie Salazar, Suzanne Lummis, and Kenneth R. Chacón, to benefit the Larry Levis Creative Writing Scholarship.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Smittcamp Alumni House at Fresno State

The Creative Writing Alumni Chapter celebrated the publishing accomplishments of alumni authors Dixie Salazar, Suzanne Lummis, and Kenneth R. Chacón in our first Fresno Writers Read event. The event’s goal was to bring together multiple generations of Fresno writers to share their love of literature and to connect the Fresno literary community. Proceeds from the event went toward the creation of our new Larry Levis Creative Writing Scholarship, which will directly benefit current graduate students. After the reading, there was a book signing. Dinner was a street taco bar, with choice of chicken or carne asada, and light desserts. There was a no-host bar.

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Event: A Late Style of Fire film screening

The Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State presented the Central California premiere of the documentary film “A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet” in a community screening at the historic Tower Theatre.

Tickets cost $10. Participants were also given the option to make a donation toward the creation of a new Larry Levis scholarship at Fresno State to benefit creative writing students. Proceeds from this film screening provided the startup funds for the scholarship, to be built by the Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter.

Time: 6:30 to 9 PM
Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Location: The Tower Theatre (809 E. Olive Avenue)

The brilliant poetry and troubled life of Fresno State alumnus Larry Levis came to an abrupt halt when he died at age 49. This lyric documentary, which features a score by musician Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, conveys the intensities of contemporary poetry by probing a central question raised by the life of Levis: Is self-destruction an inescapable aspect of choosing a serious commitment to art? The film explores his childhood working alongside Mexican field hands in Selma, his friendships with America’s greatest poets, and his own words for answers.

The screening featured special appearances by director Michele Poulos; producer Gregory Donovan; and poet David St. John, who edited the posthumously released January 2016 collection of Levis’s poetry, The Darkening Trapeze, from Graywolf Press.

College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State
The Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts
Fresno City College Friends of the Arts
Linnea Alexander
Fresno Poets’ Association reading series
Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter

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Purchase the interview collection “Prismatics: Larry Levis & Contemporary American Poetry” from Diode Editions.