Poet and former Fresno State professor Chuck Hanzlicek will be honored this week by the Fresno Arts Council with a special-category Horizon Award, an honor that celebrates “the wealth of artists and arts supporters who enhance our environment, strengthen our community, and communicate through the arts.”
Hanzlicek was the longtime director of the Fresno creative writing program, retiring from Fresno State in 2001 after teaching here for 35 years. Since 1994, Hanzlicek has put together the yearly Fresno Poets’ Association reading series, which runs from October through April at the Fresno Art Museum. His tireless work with the FPA series has made it one of the premier literary gatherings in the country.
Next year’s impressive FPA lineup features Philip Levine, B.H. Fairchild, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Bob Hicok, and Beverly Lowry, along with the annual reading from Fresno MFA faculty.
The Horizon Awards banquet is scheduled for Thursday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the Fresno Arts Council.