Fresno Poets Archive Project

For more than 30 years, the Fresno Poets’ Association reading series has attracted hundreds of poets and prose writers of all kinds to Fresno for world-class literary readings in Central California. Some of the earliest readings in the 1980s and ’90s not only featured the best of the best Fresno poets and writers but also some of the most renowned national and international authors of their day.

In spring 2016, poets C. G. Hanzlicek and Corrinne Hales made a generous donation to the Creative Writing Program: They granted access to nearly 80 VHS, Beta, and reel-to-reel recordings of the earliest FPA readings. Most of these aging tapes have since been rescued and brought into the digital age by the staff at Horn Photo, with funding from the College of Arts and Humanities. Additional recordings are also now starting to surface.

Communications staff Jefferson Beavers is currently working with undergraduate English and Creative Writing interns, with the support of English faculty Ruth Jenkins, to make these recordings accessible to the world on the Fresno State MFA YouTube channel. Each recording will be fully closed captioned with accurate transcriptions of the literature, and it will be accompanied by a blog post written by the intern for historical and personal context.

Season Two — 2018

Episode 14  — Jean Janzen

Coming soon

Episode 13  — Michael Clifton, David R. C. Good, and friends

Recorded circa 1985 at the Wild Blue Yonder nightclub

Video recording  |  Blog post

Published 23 October 2018

Archive work by Ernesto Reyes, fall 2017

Episode 12  — Li-Young Lee

Recorded November 2002 inside Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191) at Fresno State

Video recording  |  Blog post

Published 26 September 2018

Archive work by Kirk Alvaro Lua, fall 2017

Episode 11  — Jon Veinberg

Recorded fall 1985 at the Wild Blue Yonder nightclub

Video recording  |  Blog post

Published 24 January 2018

Archive work by Marisa Mata, fall 2017

Season One — 2017

Episode 10 — Corrinne Clegg Hales and Liza Wieland

Recorded April 1992 inside Bonner Auditorium at the Fresno Art Museum

Video recording  |  Blog post

Published 5 December 2017

Archive work by Marisa Mata, fall 2017

Episode 9 — How Much Earth, the Fresno Poets

Recorded 2001 inside Bonner Auditorium at the Fresno Art Museum

Video recording  |  Blog post

Published 6 November 2017

Archive work by Ernesto Reyes, fall 2017

Episode 8 — Juan Felipe Herrera and Margarita Luna Robles

Recorded November 1990 at the Fresno Metropolitan Museum

Video recording  |  Blog post

Published 10 October 2017

Archive work by Marisa Mata, spring 2017

Episode 7 — James C. Baloian, DeWayne Rail, and friends

Recorded October 1984

Video recording  |  Blog post

Published 5 September 2017

Archive work by Marisa Mata, spring 2017

Episode 6 — Loretta Collins Klobah and Robert Vasquez

Recorded December 1988 in the KFCF 88.1 FM studio

Video recording  |  Blog post

Published 7 August 2017

Archive work by Naomi Carrillo, fall 2016

Episode 5 — Larry Levis and Philip Levine

Recorded August 1984 at the Wild Blue Yonder nightclub

Video recording  |  Blog post

Published 11 July 2017

Archive work by Makenna Huffman, fall 2016

Episode 4 — Sherley Anne Williams

Recorded February 1986 inside Conley Art Auditorium (CA 101) at Fresno State

Video recording  |  Blog post

Published 5 June 2017

Archive work by Mayra Cano, fall 2016

Episode 3 — Robert Vasquez, Gary Soto, Ernesto Trejo, Leonard Adame, and Luis Omar Salinas

Recorded November 1989 at the Fresno Metropolitan Museum

Video recording  |  Blog post

Published 8 May 2017

Archive work by Naomi Carrillo, fall 2016

Episode 2 — Suzanne Lummis and C. G. Hanzlicek

Recorded March 1992

Video recording  |  Blog post

Published 3 April 2017

Archive work by Mayra Cano, fall 2016 

Episode 1 — Ernesto Trejo tribute

Recorded November 1991 at the Fresno Art Museum

Video recording  |  Blog post

Published 3 March 2017

Archive work by Makenna Huffman, fall 2016