KUDOS: Summer 2009 Awards & Conferences

Writer-in-Residence Job, or Life After the MFA
Kristin FitzPatrick just landed a job as the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Writer-in-Residence at the Seven Hills School in Cincinnati for the 2009-2010 year. Each semester, she’ll teach one creative writing class to juniors and seniors and direct or help with creative writing-related events at the school. Fabulous, Kristin!

Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award

On his final day in Fresno, Steve Yarbrough learned that he is the recipient of the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award. Previous winners include Eudora Welty, Willie Morris, Margaret Walker Alexander and Beth Henley. You make us proud, Steve, and you’ll be missed!

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Three students and one faculty member will be representing Fresno State at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference this August at Middlebury College in Vermont! Alex Espinoza was invited to be a Fellow in Fiction and students Rachel Jackson, Tiffany Crum, and recent graduate Kristin FitzPatrick were accepted to the conference as well. Congratulations Alex, Rachel, Tiffany, and Kristin!

One of LA’s Most Notable Writers

Alex Espinoza has been chosen by City of Los Angeles’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts to participate as part of the official delegation of “LA’s most notable writers” at the 23rd Annual Guadalajara International Book Fair (Féria Internacional del Libro). As part of the delegation, Alex will serve as an ambassador for both Los Angeles and for the United States, giving readings and participating on panels. The most prominent book fair in the Spanish-speaking world, the Féria Internacional del Libro is the second only to Frankfurt’s book fair in scope and reputation. About 2,000 writers of international stature have taken part in this forum of literary discussion and critical thought; past participants have included Margaret Atwood, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie and Mario Vargas Llosa. Congratulations, Alex!

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