Hello, friends. We are now just past the 1st week mark of The Fresno 15 Creative Marathon! Thanks so much for supporting Fresno writers and Fresno State Master of Fine Arts graduate students.
I'm honored to welcome our second author for this year's campaign, Joseph Rios. A Clovis native and alumnus of UC Berkeley, Joseph is an artisan and repairman by day and a poet by night. His incredible debut collection, Shadowboxing, is a master class in persona and is an exemplar of early 21st century Fresno poetry.
For the next 15 days, we will publish 15 exclusive new poems from Joseph on our project website, FresnoWriters.com. Our first author, Monique Quintana, is at the halfway point of her marathon, and her flash fiction pieces will continue to publish through Oct. 16.
I'd like to shout-out our supporters who made gifts to the campaign from Oct. 1-8. Many thanks to: Linnea Alexander, Diniz Borges, Ethan Chatagnier, Corrinne Hales, Priscilla Gago, Courtney Hughes, Peter Robertson, Bruno Quintana, Brynn Saito, Cindy Wathen-Kennedy, and two anonymous donors.
Please enjoy Joe's and Monique's works in the coming days, and please tell your friends about our project! It's especially meaningful to us when YOU, our campaign supporters, share this project in your networks. It shows people you believe in the project and that you support the future generation of Fresno writers. We are grateful for you!