Kudos to #FresnoWriters is a regular 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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Compiled by Jefferson Beavers
Alexander Adkins-Jaramillo (English faculty) — Published the critical essay “Neoliberal Disgust and Arvind Adiga’s ‘The White Tiger’” in the Journal of Modern Literature. Will publish the critical essay “Vilem Flusser and the Critique of Ideology” in the forthcoming Bloomsbury anthology “Understanding Flusser, Understanding Modernism.”
Daniel Arias-Gomez (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Recognized as a finalist for the 2019 Rattle Poetry Prize for his poem “Cathedrals: Ode to a Deported Uncle,” which will be published in a forthcoming issue of Rattle.
Rodolfo Avelar (English undergrad student) — Interviewed by Jefferson Beavers for the Fresno State College of Arts and Humanities blog about his summer internship at Milkweed Editions.
Venita Blackburn (English faculty) — Organized a summer workshop through her Live, Write project that honored forgotten histories of Arizona.
Sara Borjas (BA English alumni) — Interviewed by Abigail McFee for The Adroit Journal.
Mariah Bosch (Creative Writing grad student) — Published the poem “Housepoem” for Empty House Press. Published the poems “Contained dream that expands,” “Inheritance,” and “Series of dreams in which [ ] has died” in The Acentos Review. Published the poem “[dream in which I know feminine]” in Glass Poetry journal.
Phyllis Brotherton (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Published the essay “Methods of Accounting” in Anmly journal.
Kenneth R. Chacón (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Will publish the poems “Letter to a Neighbor After We Moved to the Good Part of Town” and “Christ in a Cholo Stance” in a forthcoming issue of Blackbird journal.
Ethan Chatagnier (BA English alumni) — Reviewed the Daniel Suarez novel “A Kind of Solitude” for the Kenyon Review.
Sarah A. Chavez (BA English alumni) — Named to the board of directors for the Sundress Publications collective. Also, published three poems from her Halfbreed Helene multimedia series in Five:2:One journal.
Anthony Cody (Creative Writing grad student) — Published the poems “A passport photo asks me …” and “This land is your land” in the journal CTRL + V. The poems were also featured in Frontier Poetry’s Exceptional Poetry from Around the Web roundup for August.
Kathy Fagan (BA English alumni) — Reviewed by Leslie Jenike for her book “Sycamore,” in the Ploughshares magazine blog,
Cynthia Guardado (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Recognized as a finalist for the 2019 National Poetry Series for her manuscript “Cenizas.”
Sarah Harian (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Announced the publication of her fourth novel, “Eight Will Fall,” forthcoming in November Macmillan/Henry Holt.
Howard V. Hendrix (English lecturer) — Published his fourth story collection, “The Girls with Kaleidoscope Eyes: Analog Stories for a Digital Age” with Fairwood Press. [Reviewed in Publishers Weekly.]
Nou Her (Creative Writing grad student) — Debuted as host of the new Thoughts Aloud podcast for the Fresno State MFA program.
Suzanne Lummis (MA English alumni) — Was commissioned to write an ongoing blog series on film noir with David Lehman for the Best American Poetry website.
Tanya Nichols (English lecturer and MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Hosted a launch event in Fresno for her third novel, “Stinger,” co-authored by Bill McEwen, from West of West Books. Interviewed for GV Wire about the “Stinger” launch.
Janet Nichols Lynch (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Published the essay “What I (Don’t) See” in You & Me magazine.
Lena Mahmood (MA English alumni) — Won an 2019 Arab American Book Award for her debut novel “Amreekiya,” from University Press of Kentucky.
Georgina Mating (English undergrad student) — Published the story “The Party” in the Cal State Bakersfield journal Orpheus.
Sarah Fawn Montgomery (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Recognized with the 2019 Nonfiction Award from Zone 3 Press for her essay “In Praise of the Plains.” Selected as a guest editor for an upcoming Brevity magazine issue on “Experiences of Disability.” Published the essay “Steering into Winger” for Brevity magazine. Published the essay “(Dis)Ableing the Creative Writing Workshop” for Essay Daily. Published the essay “Men Teach Me How To Play Dungeons & Dragons” in Split Lip Magazine. Published the essay “Like Ice” in Pithead Chapel journal.
Monique Quintana (MFA Creative Writing alumni) — Awarded the Megaphone Fellowship for writers of color for the Amplify retreat in Banks, Oregon. Also, published the story “exo” in the magazine homology lit and the story “you again” in the journal Okay Donkey.
Brynn Saito (English faculty) — Recognized by ValleyPBS for her work as narrator for the documentary film “Silent Sacrifice: Stories of Japanese American Incarceration,” which won a Northern California Emmy Award. Was featured in Lit Hub for an article on “5 Artists Who Explore Japanese American Incarceration and Internment.” Was interviewed by Valley Public Radio about drawing on memory and family history in art. Also, presented a guest lecture for the Live, Write project on visiting Arizona’s World War II internment camps.
Jer Xiong (Creative Writing grad student) — Published the poem “Losing Language” in maivmai magazine.