Kudos to #FresnoWriters is a new monthly series on the Fresno State MFA blog, celebrating the professional accomplishments of students, alumni, and faculty in the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at Fresno State.
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William Arcé (English faculty) — Will publish the essay “The Viet Nam War Killed that Boy! Interrogating War in Lucha Corpi’s Murder Mystery Novel, ‘Eulogy for a Brown Angel,’ ” in the forthcoming spring 2020 issue of Diálogo journal. He will also serve as guest co-editor for the issue, which will focus on Latinx and Chicanx detective fiction. [Blog post]
Ronald Dzerigian (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Published the poem “Subject to Dust” in the Longleaf Review.
Miriam Fernandez (MA English alumni) — Won the James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (4C’s). An assistant professor at CSU San Bernardino, her dissertation is entitled “Tropes of the Nation: Tracing the Colonial Origins of the Matriarchal Figures of Mexican Nationalism.”
Jeffrey Gleaves (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Was named the new Digital Engagement and Content Director for the Academy of American Poets. He recently worked as as Digital Director of The Paris Review.
Howard V. Hendrix (English lecturer) — Appeared on the January 2019 episode of the Science Fiction in San Francisco podcast series, alongside authors Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland.
Alison Mandaville (English faculty) — Published in the magazine World Literature Today a co-translation with Elnur Imanbayli of “Auntie Nabat’s Bread,” an excerpt from a memoir by Azerbaijani author Nariman Hasanzade. [Blog post]
Monique Quintana (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Published a book review in Luna Luna Magazine for the Christine Stoddard poetry collection “Water for the Cactus Woman.” An excerpt of the review was also picked up by the Poetry Foundation. Also, she was interviewed by Quail Bell Magazine about her forthcoming debut novella, “Cenote City.” [Author site]
Leo Rowland (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Accepted the position of Dean of Art and Design at the Studio Arts College International (SACI) in Florence, Italy.
Steven Sanchez (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Published the poem “Bout” in Winter Tangerine journal. [Author site]
Emily Jo Scalzo (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Published the poem “Sans Regulations” as part of the Eleventh Transmission and Wax Poetry & Art project 45 Poems: Reflection & Response. Also published a book review in Indiana Voice Journal for the Howard Richard Debs book “Gallery: A Collection of Pictures and Words.”
Reva E. Sias (English faculty) — Published the book chapter “Record of the Darker Races: Rhetorical Marginality, Cultural Commonplaces and Visual Literacy” as part of the Cambridge Scholars Publishing collection “W. E. B. Du Bois and the Africana Rhetoric of Dealienation.” Also, won an international election to serve as a Modern Language Association delegate, representing Composition, Rhetoric and Writing Programs. [Blog post]
Toni Wein (English faculty emeriti) — Celebrated the publication of her book “Monstrous Fellowship: ‘Pagan, Turk and Jew’ in English Popular Culture,” from Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.
Tara Williams (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Published the story “Blackcackle: Demimonde” in Entropy magazine.