Tuesday, February 22, 2011

MFA Fresno is Moving!

Hey all!

The MFA program at Fresno State has moved its blog to Wordpress:

Please visit the new blog for the latest publication news, announcements regarding readings and visiting writers, and other information about Fresno State's MFA program.

Thanks for being a reader, and we'll see you all on the new site!

The MFA Program at CSU Fresno

P.S. The old blog will remain here for a while, but will not be updated. All of the posts from this blog have been moved to the new address.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

KUDOS: 2010 Summer Workshop Edition

Many of our MFA students are headed to prestigious nationwide summer workshops in the next few months, and we'd like to take a moment to recognize their accomplishment in being accepted, and to wish them luck. Way to represent the Fresno State MFA Program!

Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, Portland, OR

We're proud to recognize the following SEVEN students who were accepted to Tin House this summer: fiction writer Rafael Sanchez, poet Jake Kelly, fiction writer Kristofer Whited, poet Andre Yang, fiction writer Tiffany Crum, poet Michelle Brittan, and recent fiction graduate Elizabeth Martin. That's quite a formidable contingency-- look out, Portland!

Sewanee Writers' Conference, Sewanee, TN

Fiction writer Tiffany Crum has also been accepted to the Sewanee Writers' Conference in Sewanee, TN. Congratulations, Tiffany!

Voices of Our Nation Writing Workshop, San Francisco, CA

Congratulations to fiction student Miguel Jimenez, who has been accepted to the Advanced Writing Workshop offered by the VONA Writers Workshop. Congratulations are also in order for poet Cynthia Guardado, who was also accepted to VONA this summer. Way to go, Miguel and Cynthia!

Port Townsend Writers' Conference, Port Townsend, WA

And congratulations again to Cynthia Guardado for also being accepted to the Port Townsend Writers' Conference in Port Townsend, WA!

Congratulations to our intrepid summer workshop crew, and please keep an eye on the blog for more updates about the summer writing opportunities our students are exploring!

KUDOS: May 2010

It's been a busy spring semester for the students and faculty of Fresno State's MFA Program! First, let's celebrate recent awards and publications:

Fresno Arts Council Horizon Award and Northwest Review Publication

Poetry Professor and Porgram Coordinator Connie Hales has been awarded a prestigious Fresno Arts Council Horizon Award. The award is given to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions toward the enrichment of life in our community through excellence in the arts. In addition, Connie's poems "Forgiven" and "Failed Blessing" have both been accepted for publication in the Northwest Review. Congratulations, Connie, and well-deserved for all that you do!

Full Teaching Assistantship awarded to recently accepted PhD in Creative Writing candidate

Soon-to-be-graduate in nonfiction Sarah Fawn Montgomery has been awarded a full teaching assistantship to the University of Nebraska's PhD program in creative writing, plus a $15,000 a year stipend. Congratulations to Sarah Fawn, who rose to the top of the applicant field in a competitive year for PhD programs nationwide!

CALYX Publication

Heart congratulations to poetry student Megan Baptista-Geist, whose poem "Elegy for a 1962 Ford Falcon Ranchero" has been accepted for publication in CALYX magazine. Way to go, Megan!

Redactions: Poetry & Poetics

Poetry student Barbara Price strikes again with a publication in Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, which accepted her poem, "Switch." Way to go, Barbara!

Graduate Dean's Medalist and Outstanding Thesis Award

Congratulations to soon-to-be-graduate nonfiction writer, Rachel Jackson, who was selected as this year's College of Arts & Humanities Graduate Dean's Medalist AND recipient of the College of Arts & Humanities Outstanding Thesis Award for her memoir, Here and Gone.

Graduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium

Congratulations to poets Murleen Ray and Marcus Chinn, who will present their poetry at the Fresno State Graduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium!

Brevity Publication

And finally, because no KUDOS post is complete without mention of one of our busiest colleagues, who is having a great year... Nonfiction Professor Steven Church's essay, "Lag Time," which he read at his book release party last Friday (for BOTH of his new books released in 2010), appears in the most recent issue of Brevity. Way to go, Steven-- keep 'em coming!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Susan Orlean Reading: Friday, March 19 7 PM in Peters Recreation Center

The San Joaquin Literary Association
and the MFA Program are excited to welcome

Susan Orlean

This Friday, March 19
Q&A Session from 3 - 4 PM in the Peters Recreation Center (corner of Woodrow and Shaw)
Reading and Book Signing, Peters Recreation Center 7 PM
Parking in Lot V (off Woodrow Ave) will be relaxed

The award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer will host a Q&A session at 3 PM and read from her work starting at 7 PM in the Peters Recreation Center, with a book signing to follow. Orlean is the author of The Orchid Thief, a profile of Florida orchid grower, breeder, and collector John Laroche, The Bullfighter Checks Her Make-up: My Encounters with Extraordinary People, and My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere. She has contributed articles to Vogue, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Outside, and is currently at work on a biographical history about the dog actor Rin Tin Tin.

Please come early for what promises to be an exciting and well-attended event

KUDOS: March 2010

Congratulations are in order for our students and faculty on yet another successful month of publishing and academic news!

Umbrella Factory and the Sewanee Writers' Conference

A double dose of good news for fiction student Tiffany Crum, whose story "Virginia" was accepted for publication in Umbrella Factory and who has been accepted to the Sewanee Writers' Conference this summer. Way to go!

The Atlantic Student Writing Contest

Congratulations to essayist Rachel Jackson, whose essay "Principles of Concealment" was selected as an Honorable Mention in The Atlantic's Student Writing Contest!

The Chaffey Review and good news on PhD Program applications

Two pieces of great news for essayist Sarah Fawn Montgomery, whose essay, "Deferred Intentions" was accepted for the May issue of the Chaffey Review, and who was recently accepted to the University of Nebraska's PhD Program in Creative Writing. Sarah Fawn is also on the waiting list at the University of Missouri, another fine PhD program. Way to go, Sarah Fawn!

Brevity Guest Blogger

Nonfiction professor Steven Church acted as guest blogger for Brevity, commenting on ethics and aesthetics in nonfiction in reaction to John D'Agata's new book, About a Mountain. Check it out here!

Monkey Puzzle

Poetry professor Tim Skeen's poem "Theosophy" appears in the new issue of Monkey Puzzle, as does poetry student, Barbara Price's poem, "I Hope You Got a Copy of the Memo, Louise." Congratulations to Tim and Barbara!

Book contract with Heydey Books

Interdisciplinary Master of Arts student Joel Pickford, who took classes in creative nonfiction with the MFA Program last year, has just learned that the project on which he was working, a book titled "Soul Calling: A Photographer's Journey in the Hmong Diaspora" has been accepted for publication by Heydey Books. Heart congratulations, Joel!

Poetry Rhythm Magazine

Recent poetry graduate Ana Garza has a poem, "On the Phone" appearing in the next issue of Poetry Rhythm Magazine. Congratulations, Ana!

Writers' Bloc

Fiction student Peter Driscoll's story, "The Perpetual State of Hegemony," just came out in Writers' Bloc, an online journal. Congratulations, Peter!

North American Review

Poet Angela Armstrong's poem, "Once in the Mojave Desert," appears in the latest issue of North American Review. Congratulations, Angela!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

KUDOS: February 2010

It's been a busy month for the MFA Program! We're smack in the middle of an exciting hiring process for a new Fiction faculty member and the Spring Reading Series is in full gear. This week, we're pleased to welcome essayist and Director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, John D'Agata, whose new book, About a Mountain just hit shelves.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let's take a moment to celebrate some great news for our students and faculty...

The Day After: My Atomic Angst

Creative Nonfiction professor
Steven Church's new new book (remember, Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents just came out a couple of months ago) was just released from Soft Skull Press. The man's on fire. Congrats, Steven!

The Acentos Review

Fiction student Rafael Sanchez's story "A
mbivalencia" was just accept for publication by The Acentos Review, a fine online literary journal that's been around for a few years now. Hearty congrats to Rafael!

Safe From the Neighbors

Our great friend and former Program Director,
Steve Yarbrough's new novel, Safe From the Neighbors, has been reviewed in the Washington Post! Congratulations, Steve!

MFA Grad Lands Job in D.C.

Recent Creative Nonfiction MFA grad
Karen Sikola just accepted a two-month position as a Scholar Relations Advisor for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council in Washington, D.C. Way to go, Karen!

New York Times piece on Here, Bullet

Poetry professor
Brian Turner's collection Here, Bullet was spotlighted in a recent New York Times piece. Congratulations, Brian!

The Pinch

Creative Nonfiction student
Sarah Fawn Montgomery's essay "Death: An Encyclopedia Account of Ritual and Remembrance" has been accepted for publication by The Pinch for their fall 2010 issue.


TIME YOU LET ME IN: 25 POETS UNDER 25 is a wonderful new collection of poems put together by Naomi Shihab Nye. The best part is that the volume includes poems by our own students, Michelle Brittain and Jocelyn Stott. Congratulations to Michelle and Jocelyn!

Kill Screen

Recent Creative Nonfiction graduate Josh Geist's essay "King of the Ogres" has been picked up by a new magazine, Kill Screen, which is setting out to publish serious writing about gaming.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

EVENT: READING THURSDAY, Feb 4: Poets Sasha Pimentel Chacón and Mike Medrano

Spring 2010 MFA Reading Series at
California State University, Fresno
Sasha Pimentel Chacón
Winner of an Academy of Poets Prize, former Phillip Levine Fellow and a recent multiple Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her first book of poems is Insides She Swallowed
Mike Medrano
Author of Born in the Cavity of Sunsets, his first book of poetry. He is host of Pakatelas, a literary radio show on KFCF 88.1 FM.

Alice Peters Auditorium in the University Business Center
(Room 191)
7:00 PM

Monday, January 25, 2010

KUDOS: January 2010

With the New Year comes more exciting news about our faculty and students! Our most recent causes for celebration:

Able Muse
Poet Ana Garza has two terrific poems in the latest Able Muse. Their titles are "When I Least Expect It" and "Weeding a Dog's Grave," and you can click on audio to hear her read them. Very cool. Congratulations, Ana!

Another Pushcart Nomination
Vince Gotera, editor of North American Review, nominated Angie Armstrong's poem "Stripper Names" for a Pushcart Prize!
Congratulations to Angie!

United States Arts Literary Fellowship
Our own poetry faculty member Brian Turner was awarded a prestigious United States Artists Literary Fellowship for 2009. Hearty congrats to Brian!

Asia Literary Review
The Asia Literary Review will soon be publishing a short story, "Mrs. Saichue," by our friend and recent MFA grad, Burlee Vang! He has now published in all three genres. Congratulations, Burlee!

Editor's Choice Award, Poets of the American West
Program Coordinator and poet Connie Hales has won the Editor's Choice Award from the editors of the anthology Poets of the American West for her poem "Covenant: Atomic Energy Commission, 1950s." The book will be out later this year. Congratulations, Connie!

Fringe Magazine
Fiction writer Tiffany Crum's fine short story, "Bloodsuckers," has been accepted for publication in Fringe Magazine , an online literary journal just selected to be featured in the Standout Markets column of Writer's Digest. Congratulations, Tiffany!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

KUDOS: Fall 2009

Monkey Puzzle

Jasmine Armstrong's poem "Speaking of Tehran on a Train," which was dedicated to Professor Samina Najmi, was accepted for publication in Monkey Puzzle. Congratulations, Jasmine!

Pushcart Prize Nomination & Anthologized Poem

James Tyner's poem, "At a Barbecue for R.C. One Week After He is Out of Iraq" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Autumn House Press. He also has a poem in the new anthology THE WORKING POET: 75 WRITING EXERCISES AND A POETRY ANTHOLOGY. It's available from Amazon.com. Congratulations, James!

Translation in Ezra

Kirsten Sanft's translation of an excerpt from the book-length poem "Altazor" by the Chilean poet, Vicente Huidobro has been accepted for publication in the Spring 2010 issue of Ezra. Congratulations, Kirsten!


Recent MFA grad Burlee Vang's poems "Story Cloth" and "Incantation for Rebirth" have just been accepted for publication in MELUS' special issue of Poetry and Poetics.

Verdad, Askew, and Poet Lore

David Dominguez has 4 poems out this month: “Consuelo” and “Unpacking, ” Askew poetry magazine. “The Ted Dominguez Latin American Combo,” Verdad literary journal. “To the Ghost of Cesar Chavez,” Poet Lore magazine.

Kartika Review

Vuong Vu, recent MFA graduate--has a poem "The Hmong" in the current issue of Kartika Review.

Andrés Montoya Memorial Scholarship

These are $500 scholarships awarded on the basis of merit to Chicano/a students who are pursuing a career in creative writing. This year's recipients are:

Graduate student: Mario Rosado
Undergraduate Students: Erin Alvarez and David Campos

(This year the judges decided to award a scholarship to two undergraduate students because they couldn't choose between two terrific finalists. )

Congratulations to all of you!

Theoretical Killings & a Pushcart Prize Nomination

Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents, Steven Church's latest book, is out and available. Go get yourself a copy! And congratulations to Steven!
"In this collage of essays, letters, movies, advertisements, and every other medium known to man, Steven Church, author of The Guinness Book of Me, journeys to the depths of the human mind through his often bizarre turns of thought. Church philosophizes without any philosophical rhetoric and questions everything without seeming to question a thing. This thought-provoking postmodern jumble of serial killers, obsessive correspondences, and jumbo toys will leave you both enlightened and thoroughly entertained."

Also, Steven's essay "The Sound of Retreat" was nominated by The Pinch for a Pushcart Prize. Congratulations!

Pushcart Prize Nomination

Poetry Professor Tim Skeen's poem "Theosophy" has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editors of MONKEY PUZZLE! Congratulations, Tim!


MFA student Barbara Price's poem "Happy Birthday" has just been accepted for the May 2010 issue of Slant: A Journal of Poetry! Congratulations, Barb!

New South

MFA graduate, Eric Parker just had a nonfiction piece, "Feeding the Rich," accepted for publication in New South. Eric was solicited by an Editor after she read his blog, where Eric writes about his experience delivering pizza to some of the wealthiest people in America. Check it out: www.feedingtherich.blogspot.com

Nice work, Eric! Congratulations!