The Fresno 15 project will feature award-winning Fresno writers in a creative writing challenge and fundraiser to benefit the Larry Levis Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing. Volunteer authors run a literary marathon, writing 15 pieces in 15 days, while the rest of us sponsor and encourage them as they write.
Visit the project website at FresnoWriters.com to read and enjoy the poetry and prose of our featured authors. Follow their progress and cheer them on!
Michelle Brittan Rosado
October 16-30, 2022
Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California; MFA in Creative Writing from Fresno State
Michelle is the author of Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018) and Theory on Falling Into a Reef, winner of the inaugural Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize (Anhinga Press, 2016). Her poems have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, The New Yorker, and the anthology Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience. She has received awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is an assistant professor of teaching in the writing program at USC.
October 9-23, 2022
MFA in Creative Writing from Fresno State; B.A. in Philosophy from Fresno State
Steven’s debut book, Phantom Tongue (Sundress Publications, 2018), was selected by Mark Doty as the winner of the Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. He won the inaugural Federico García Lorca Poetry Prize for an emerging Latinx poet, and he has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Lambda Literary, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. His poems have appeared in Agni, American Poetry Review, Missouri Review, North American Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere.
Master of Library and Information Science from San José State; M.A. in English Literature from Fresno State; B.A. in English Literature from Fresno State
Lena is the author of the book Amreekiya (University Press of Kentucky, 2018), an Arab American Book Award winner, a finalist for the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize, and one of Foreword’s “Four Phenomenal Debut Novels.” Her work has appeared in Sukoon, A Gathering Together, The Offing, and elsewhere. She was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.