MFA Faculty

blackburn

Venita Blackburn

Fiction

 

Faculty page

 

cassara

Joseph Cassara

Fiction

 

Faculty page  |  Author site

 

church

Steven Church

Creative Nonfiction

 

Faculty page  |  Author site

 

hales-C

Corrinne Clegg Hales

Poetry

 

Faculty page

 

hales-J

John Hales

Creative Nonfiction

 

Faculty page

 

jarrar

Randa Jarrar

Fiction

 

Faculty page  |  Author site

 

saito

Brynn Saito

Poetry

 

Faculty page  |  Author site

 

skeen

Tim Skeen

Poetry

 

Faculty page

 

vang

Mai Der Vang

Poetry

 

Starting fall 2019  |  Author site

 

 

MFA Staff

Jefferson Beavers (communication specialist)

Jefferson Beavers is a multimedia storyteller with more than 20 years of professional experience in journalism, strategic communication, and higher education. He works as a Communication Specialist in the Department of English, serving the Creative Writing Program as its communications coordinator and administrative support assistant.

In the community, Jefferson also serves as board president for the all-volunteer cultural arts nonprofit Fresno Filmworks, on the advisory council for Valley Public Radio, and as president of the Fresno State Creative Writing Alumni Chapter.

Jefferson earned his MFA degree in creative nonfiction and his bachelor’s degree in print journalism, both from Fresno State. A native of Dinuba, California, in the heart of Tulare County raisin country, he has lived in Fresno since 2001.

Student Assistants (2018-19)

The Normal School magazine: Rodolfo Avelar, Nou Her

Philip Levine Prize book contest: Anthony Cody, Javier Lopez, Kirk Alvaro Lua, Danielle Potter

Recent Visiting Authors

2018-19 (scheduled)

Tina Mozelle Braziel, C. G. Hanzlicek, Patricia Smith, and more to be announced

2017-18

English Department: Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Venegas, Reyna Grande, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Glover Davis, Gary Y. Okihiro, Jericho Parms, Rachel Rinehart, Mai Der Vang, Shawn Wen, Julia Wertz

Laureate Lab: HAUNTIE, Lee Herrick, Jackie Huertaz, Marilyn Lopez, S. Bryan Medina, Joseph Rios, Steven Sanchez, Sylvia Savala, James Tyner, Andre Yang

2016-17

Arturo Arias, Kenneth R. Chacón, Kristin FitzPatrick, Ru Freeman, Carmen Giménez Smith, Tim Z. Hernandez, Andrea Jurjević, Suzanne Lummis, Biljana D. Obradović, José Orduña, Sasha Pimentel, Michele Poulos, Kristen Radtke, Wendy Rose, Dixie Salazar, Solmaz Sharif, Mai Der Vang, Jerald Walker, Gary Young

2015-16

David Campos, Michele Elam, Myriam Gurba, Juan Felipe Herrera, Kerry Howley, Dennis Maloney, MariNaomi, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Wendy C. Ortiz, Jen Percy, Christine Poreba, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Justin Torres, Khaty Xiong

2014-15

Sherman Alexie, Adelina Anthony, Christopher Buckley, David Campos, Victoria Chang, Marilyn Chin, Matthew Gavin Frank, John Gery, John C. Hampsey, Lee Herrick, Justin Hocking, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Leslie Jamison, Sam Lipsyte, Manuel Muñoz, Elena Passarello, Brynn Saito, Jeffrey Schultz, Jon Veinberg, Chelsea Wagenaar, Josh Weil