Alex Espinoza

Alex EspinozaBasics:

Name: Alex Espinoza

Home Department/Program: Department of English

Rank: Associate Professor

At Fresno State Since: 2007


 MFA: University of California, Irvine                

BA: University of California, Riverside  



Office: PB 457

Office Phone: 559-278-5833

Campus Email:

Professional Accomplishments:

Selected Publications:

  • Still Water Saints, Random House 2007
  •  “Coyotes” in The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity,  University of Arizona Press, October 2011
  •  “Scenes From the Films of Orlando Real,” in Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature, Fall, 2011
  • “An American in Mexico” in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Feb 2007(reprinted in Real Essays with Readings: Writing for Success in College, Work, and Everyday Life, December 2011)
  • “Fool Rush,” in Southern California Review, Summer, 2012
  • The Five Acts of Diego León: A Novel, Random House, 2013
  • Selected Conference Papers and Presentations:
    • o   “Fiction: Writing the Other.” Panel moderator. Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (April 2010).
    • o   “Chicanismo” and “Emerging L.A. Writers.” Guadalajara International Book Fair. Guadalajara, Mexico (Dec 2009).
    • o   “Contemporary Latina/o Fiction.” Translating Cultures: Latina/o and Latin American Writers Festival. Miami University, Oxford, OH (Apr 2009)
  • Selected Public Performances:
    • o   Pen Center West Dia De Las Madres Reading. La Plaza de Culturas y Artes. Los Angeles, CA (May 2012) 
    • o   Squaw Valley Community of Writers Reading. Lake Tahoe, CA (August 2011)
    • o   Long Beach City College. Long Beach, CA (Oct 2009)
    • o   University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Lincoln, NE (Sept 2008)
    • o   Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN (Sept 2008)


  • ENGL 43: Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 42H: Honors Creative Writing
  • ENGL 163: Advanced Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 193T: Topic: Chicanismo: Chicano Poetics and Aesthetics
  • ENGL 169T: Topic: Working Class Literature
  • ENGL 176T: Topic: The Bronze Screen: Latinos in Hollywood
  • ENGL 243: Form and Theory of Fiction (Topics: Writing Place; Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll: Deviance and Violence in Fiction)
  • ENGL 263: Graduate Fiction Workshop


  • Member, President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity
  • Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity Outreach and Initiatives
  • Member, Provost’s Leadership Team
  • Member, Faculty Affairs Diversity Team
  • Member, Council on Faculty Affairs and Diversity
  • Advisor, Creative Writing Minor/Certificate of Special Study in Creative Writing

Other Professional Activities:

Margaret Bridgman Fellow in Fiction. Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Summer, 2009

Member, Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). Fall 2007-present

Member, Macondo Writers Workshop. 2002-present

First person statement on general and current research, teaching, and service interests:

My second novel, The Five Acts of Diego León, will be published by Random House in the spring 2013. I am a first generation college student, the youngest of eleven children, and I was born in Tijuana, Mexico, to parents from the state of Michoacán. My interests include contemporary American fiction, Latin American literature, border studies, trans-nationalism, post-colonial theory, post-modernism, Chicano/a studies, film and popular culture, and science fiction. Current research interests include conspiracy theories, alternate universes, counterfactualism, and lay lines.  

Recommended Resources:

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Los Angeles Review of Books